An extremely beautiful Louis XV gilt bronze grand cartel clock of eight day duration, signed on the white enamel dial Furet à Paris, the dial with Roman and Arabic numerals with a very fine pair of pierced gilt brass hands for the hours and minutes. The movement with anchor escapement, silk thread suspension, striking on the hour and half hour on a single bell, with outside count wheel. The superb Rococo case attributed to Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain of asymmetrical cartouche outline decorated overall with roses and other floral and foliate scrolls surmounted by a pair of lovers in contemporary dress making music beneath a leafy arbour, the man standing as he plays the flute and leans toward the woman who sits holding an open music score upon her knee while raising a baton in her left hand, with a dog seated between the pair, with an asymmetrical shaped glazed pendulum aperture below the dial above the figure of a winged Cupid bound by a ribbon with quiver of arrows at its far end, the case terminated by a foliate scrolled boss
Paris, date circa 1745
Height 125 cm.
Literature: Richard Mühe and Horand M. Vogel, “Alte Uhren. Ein Handbuch Europäischer Tischuhren, Wanduhren und Bodenstanduhren”, 1976, p. 184 pl. 340, illustrating a cartel of very similar design measuring 101 cm. in height but without the figure of Cupid and less additional flowers and foliage by an unknown maker in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk in Dresden. Pierre Kjellberg, “Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe Siècle”, 1997, p. 102, pl. A, illustrating a clock case of the same design but without the figure of Cupid, with movement by Pierre Le Roy à Paris. And front cover illustrating the upper details of the case.