The fine porcelain enamel dial is complete with its original finely incised and engraved gilt hands. It is signed in homage to the 18th century clockmaker Paul Leautier of Paris.
The French movement is of high quality and is by Planchon of Paris. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is an old replacement. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with hardly any wear or discolouration. The cherub has been re-lacquered. The lacquer is also in lovely condition with an old craquelure, marks, discolouration and losses to the edges that only add to the antique character of the clock. There is some touching up the lacquer to the right of the dial. The dial is excellent with no damage.
Mathieu Planchon is listed in Tardy, Dictionnaire Des Horloges Francais. Mathieu Planchon apprenticed with his father, He made his tour of France in 1862. In 1865, he was with Robert-Houdin, rue de Choiseul; in 1868, at Philippe's, Quai des Morfonds, the collection of which he acquired in 1870. Rue Vieille du Temple, 1880. In 1890, he was established in the Galerie Montpensier, at the Palais Royal.
Vernis Martin is a lacquer style developed in the 18th century France by the Martin brothers Etienne-Simon, Guillaume, Julien,
and Robert. The style was used to decorate bride fans, snuffboxes, and
furniture. In 1710, Guillaume, the eldest, had teamed up with his brothers to
open a lacquer studio in Paris.
Complete with 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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