Louis XVI Ormolu Annular Clock with Sevres Panels. P174

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Louis XVI Ormolu Annular Clock with Sevres Panels. P174
Inv. #: p174

The ormolu case has a large urn flanked by lions with rings, a fluted top with a pinecone finial, a stepped case with burnished sides and a large well-cast ormolu snake that points to the time. The polychrome porcelain plaques to all four sides are on white grounds with gilt and light blue borders and are signed on the reverse with the Sevres mark followed by a differing letters. The two side panels are stationary while the front and the rear are set within hinged doors that afford access to the movement.


The lower time ring has Roman numerals for the hours while the upper ring has Arabic numbers for the five-minute marks. Both have individual porcelain plaques pinned to the brass frames.


The large twin-barrel 8-day movement has four large turned pillars, a verge escapement, a differential off the front-end that redirects the power to rotate the dial rings, a large countwheel on the backplate, strikes on a bell and still retains the original silk-thread suspension that is regulated off the backcock.


For a very similar clock see ‘La Pendule Francais’ by Kjellberg, pg.285.

Size: 21.5 in.

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