The stylised sea bird is beautifully modelled in bronzed metal, the wave is bronzed metal, all with the original finished. The piece is mounted in a black marble base. The dial screen printed in gilt on to the bronze sphere.
The French movement is a high quality traditional Pendule de Paris movement with a lever escapement. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been tested by our clockmaker. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, the original finish is in excellent condition and has mellowed with some fading and wear. There are some occasional small marks. The wave has some fine hairlines which do not detract. The bird is missing the tip of its beak. The rear half of the bronze sphere has a couple of light dents. the marble is also in excellent condition with a few light marks and some nibbles to the edges.
Irénée Rochard was born in Villefrance-sur-Saône on 16 January 1906. In 1924 he moved to Paris to study Decorative Arts, with Serge Zelikson and René Dubois amongst others. Upon leaving the École des Beaux Arts he presented his first important work, a panther in ‘grandeur nature’. He was a friend of François Pompon and an admirer of Édouard Marcel Sandoz, and between the wars he frequently met with the circle of Animalier sculptors practising at the time. His work oscillated between marked stylisation and a more naturalist style. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, becoming a member in 1938. He received a medal of honour from the society in 1980 and many other awards during his lifetime. For the most part his oeuvre was Animalier; in paying homage to the animal kingdom, he depicted hundreds of animals. The city councils of Paris and New York purchased a number of his works, but Rochard himself remained in Paris until his death on 29 March 1984.
Complete with bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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