TABLE CLOCK Planchon A Paris Ca. 1880 France
MINIATURE TABLE CLOCK
Signed: Planchon A Paris
The brass plated movement has a going train only, constructed with Swiss lever escapement, hairspring balance and regulation. The backplate is numbered 6855. The clock can be wound and regulated from the back. In addition, there is a square to set the time.
The silvered oval dial has a Roman chapter ring with half-hour divisions in the shape of a star. The time is indicated by a pair of blued steel hands. In the middle is a beautiful engraved scene, depicting a landscape with a castle and mansions and a lady with a mirror in her hand in the foreground. There is a fine floral chased surround with figures at the top and the bottom. The jester-like figure at the bottom is flanked by two birds. The dial is protected by a glass set in a silver oval bezel, which is attached to the front by four beautifully shaped brackets.
The rectangular brass case, which rests on four shaped ball feet, is surmounted by four pineapple finials and a pierced dome, surmounted by a similarly shaped finial. The doors on either side are embellished with engraved scenes. The figure on the left-hand side is flanked by two vases with flowers and two snails at the top. That on the right has a lantern and a sword in his hand. Around him are birds and goats and there is a book on the floor. The maker has signed the clock on the smooth back panel Planchon A Paris.
Duration 1 day
Height 9 cm.
Width 4 cm.
Depth 4 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 525.
Mathieu Planchon was born in Bourges and active as a clockmaker in Paris. He was apprenticed to his father. In 1862 he made a tour around France and met among other people the maker Robert Houdin in 1865 and visited Philippe in 1868. He established himself in Paris in 1870. He was influenced by Violet le Duc and specialised in the gothic style, which was then in vogue. He developed his own style, which became known as ‘Style Planchon’, which made him special. He was also inspired by the Louis XIV and XV styles. He died in 1921.