To the front, the porcelain enamel dial is centered by corner spray spandrels with a mount of entwined laurel branches beneath. The beautiful, finely pierced and engraved gilt hands are original. The lower case of the clock is decorated with scrolling and blossoming acanthus and sits upon a base of exquisite salmon pink specimen marble.
The French movement is by Vincenti and is of high quality and is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is a original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video clip below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent; the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with slight wear and discolouration. the marble has a lovely finish with just some slight nibbles to the edges and a small chip to the front left hand corner. The dial is also very good with just a small chip above the 12 o'clock and tiny nibbles to the winding holes.
Bronze founder Lemerle-Charpentier & Cie is a renowned Parisian Bronzier and is listed in Tardy Dictionnaire Des Horologers.
Charpentier began making bronze mounts in Paris (rue d'Orléans au Marais) in 1834. He exhibited at the Exposition Nationale des Produits de l'agriculture et de l'industrie of 1849, where he was awarded a silver medal and later at the Paris International Exhibition of 1855 where he won a Médaille de première classe for his bronze casts of sculptures by Fratin, Buhaut and Moreau. At the London 1862 International Exhibition he again received a First Classe Medal for a magnificent pair of torchères, also in the Neo-Gréc taste, after models by A.E. Carrier-Belleuse. Charpentier & Cie was located at 8, Rue Charlot, Paris in 1860. The company became known as Lemerle-Charpentier & Cie, from 1870 to 1890. They exhibited mantel clocks, garnitures, torchères and vases at the Expositon Universelle of 1878 in Paris as well as the impressive example of Piat's grande horloge, an example of which sold at Sotheby's, New York, April 26, 2006, lot 105, for $329,600.
Complete with original pendulum, 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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