Clock 25

Boulle Family Clock

26 x 13 x 6.5 inches (includes top piece not shown)

14.25 x 7.75 x 12.25 inches shelf

Boulle type tortoiseshell veneer, door bronze and ormolu, brass and glass, double barrel spring, eight−day time and striking, bracket clock with wall bracket in the Regence style, dial/movement unsigned, case made in France 18th century, movement made in France, early−mid 19th century. Case and movement together by association. With restorations.

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Case: 26" x 6.5" x 13” French cartel clock meant to sit on a wall bracket(present). This is dark tortoiseshell veneered, waisted case with brass inlay done in the Boulle manner. An arched pediment is surmounted by a Dore bronze female goddess figure in the manner of the 18th century. The finial rests on a short pedestal and the case widens out below to encompass the round dial. The case is edged in Dore bronze floral and foliate applications, but not fire gilded. The dark veneering surrounding the glazed part of the door is lined with foliate designs and the glass itself is edged with gilt ormolu flowers. At the base of the glass is a Dore bronze figure of a female in a gown with arms flung to the side.

The gilt edging on the sides of the case has undergone a good deal of wear and there is a grayish hue to the underlying metal, certainly not suggestive of the use of bronze or even brass under the gilding.

The case rests on Dore bronze foliate animal paw feet which do not appear to be fire gilded. The interior of the case looks as it should and there are age cracks in the backboard as expected while the floor of the case is unevenly inlaid as I would expect and like to see. This was done by hand, a good thing to note, and a few gilt tiles are missing, also good.

The wall bracket is made in the same manner as this case and it appears to be a matched pair. There is a bit less wear on the wall bracket, but it shows it age also. The back of the case and the bracket reveals it is oak which has been ebonized, painted black. The gilt finial at the bottom of the bracket is hollowed out as I would expect for a period piece. Overall, a very fine early French cartel clock case and bracket which I have little doubt dates from the 18th century with alteration and restorations to various parts.

Dial: The round hammered brass dial has Roman hours in a white porcelain shield shaped cartouche form, outer minute markers marked with Arabic cartouche markers every five minutes on the periphery. The interstices between each cartouche appear to be hand embellished in foliate designs. The dial center is clear with no signature, a bit unusual if it were early in the 18th century. There are steel Chippendale style hands which do not match the hands that the French clockmakers used during the 18th century. They do fit this dial however. There is little wear to the two winding apertures. There is a single hairline fracture in the dial center.

Movement: Rectangular brass plate movement, the plates pinned at the rear plate.  There are two barrel−springs present which power this movement for eight days and cause striking on the bell sitting above the top board of the case on the hour and half hour. (The bell is gilt in color and is a replacement.) There is a crown wheel escapement with large balance wheel above and contrate wheel below.