TABLE CLOCK IN THE SHAPE OF A VASE Bergmiller à Paria ca. 1810 France
TABLE CLOCK IN THE SHAPE OF A VASE
Signed: Bergmiller à Paria
The spring-driven brass plated movement consists going and striking trains. The going train has anchor escapement with a short pendulum. The striking is regulated by an outside count wheel and indicates the hour fully and the half hours with one stroke on a bell, which is mounted on the backplate.
The clock has a circular white enamel dial with a Roman chapter ring and Arabic quarter-hour, five-minute and minute divisions. There are two winding holes, symmetrically positioned near the IIII and the VIII. The dial is signed below the middle Bergmiller à Paria. The time is indicated by two pierced and engraved firegilt brass hands. The dial is surrounded by an engine-turned firegilt brass bezel.
The patinated bronze case has the shape of a vase on a base and is embellished with firegilt brass ornaments. It is flanked by fire breathing dragons on both sides, which function as carrying handles. The whole rests on four firegilt brass claw feet.
Duration 1 week
Height: 42 cm.
Width: 22 cm.
Depth: 13 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 47.
Bergmiller was active as a clockmaker in Paris, from about 1810 until 1830 in the Rue Petit-Lion Saint-Sauveur. He was Rouvière’s successor.