SMALL QUARTER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK Mugnier Hger du Roi N:1114 Ca. 1810 France
SMALL QUARTER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
Signed and numbered: Mugnier Hger du Roi N:1114
The spring-driven brass movement consists of going and quarter-striking trains. The going train has a vertical balance on the backplate. The quarter striking indicates the quarters and the hours on two gongs. It can be repeated at will by pressing a brass button on top of the case, indicating the last hour struck, followed by the quarters. In addition the striking can be switched on or off with a blued steel lever in the base (sonnerie/silence). The maker has signed and numbered the movement on the backplate: Mugnier Hger du Roi N: 1114.
The circular silvered brass dial has a Roman chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. The maker has signed the dial above the VI: Mugnier Hger du Roi. The time is indicated by a pair of blued steel Breguet hands. The dial is protected by a bevelled glass set in an engine turned gilt brass bezel.
The beautifully proportioned arched ebonised pearwood-veneered case rests on flat brass bun feet. The movement can be accessed via the back panel with a key. The clock is surmounted by a gilt brass carrying handle and gracious ornaments, as well as the shaped repetition button.
Duration 1 week
Height 16.5 cm.
Width 12 cm.
Depth 7.5 cm.
Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 557.
Charles Mugnier was active as a clockmaker in Paris in Rue Neuve des Petits Champs from 1810 until 1830. He was clockmaker of Emperor Napoleon and King Louis XVIII.