LYRE MANTEL CLOCK Barancourt A Paris Ca. 1780 France
LYRE MANTEL CLOCK
Signed: Barancourt A Paris
Round skeleton movement with pendulum. Striking work on count-wheel with hour striking and one strike on the half-hour. The going and striking trains are driven by barrels.
Round, white enamelled dial with openworked centre and a chapterring with black enamelled Arabic numerals for the hours, Arabic numerals for the the five-minutes, golden points for the other minutes In the centre the brass fire gilt hands for the hour and minute indication and a steel hand to indicate the seconds. The wind up holes are symmetrically placed opposite each other near the 8 and the 4. The dial is inscribed Barancourt A Paris. The dial-plate is framed by a brass, fire gilt pearl shaped border.
The lyre is made of fire-gilt brass and stands in a oval foot with gilt mounts and four feet.The lyre frame mounted with acanthus leaf and pearl like gilt mounts. The Apollo sunburst to the top hiding a knifedge suspension.
Duration: 8 days
Height: 46,5 cm
Depth: 9,5 cm
Width: 20 cm
Literature: Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, p. 27.
– Hall’s Iconografisch handboek, p.25.
Michel-Pierre Barancourt worked in Parijs, Master in 1779.