c.1790 French Ormolu and Marble Swinging Lyre Clock.

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c.1790 French Ormolu and Marble Swinging Lyre Clock.
Inv. #: P140

Breant a Paris


The well cast and burnished ormolu lyre shaped frame has layers of decorative beading and numerous ormolu mounts including a floral swag, a Medusa bust on a burnished sunburst, rosettes, chains, tassles and a freeze of interlocking circles. Below are shaped pieces of gray and white marble on a burnished rectangular base.


The white porcelain dial has bold Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic five-minute marks, gilt dots, a 31-day calendar with red Arabic numbers and a steel-cut indicator hand and ormolu scissor hands with fleur-de-lis pointers.


The eight-day time and strike skeletonized movement has well-cut wheelwork, a star cut countwheel and a pinwheel escapement. The whole, dial and movement, acts as the pendulum and is suspended by gridiron from a reverse knife edge suspension and set in beat with a screwed beat adjustment.


Jean-Nicholas-Michel Breant became master in 1778.

Size: 21in.

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