Stolen in Venice: A French Louis XVI mantel clock
A French Louis XVI table clock, a so-called pendule à cercles tournants, made c. 1780. The ormolu case has the shape of a vase on a fluted cylindrical foot. The vase is adorned with handles and a garland. On one side a lady sits on the foot, holding herself on the slender transition between vase and foot and pointing at the enamel hour ring. On top of the vase lies a putto, who points at the enamel minute ring with an arrow. The clock rests on a square base.
The maker has signed the clock on the lower part of the vase in the following way:
Causard Horloger du Roy, Suint la Cour
The time is indicated by the finger of the lady and the arrow of the putto on two separate rings, which are divided into:
hours - Roman numerals
five minutes - Arabic numerals
minutes - stroke
The week going movement is constructed between shaped rectangular plates and consists of going work with anchor escapement and striking work which indicates the hours and half-hours on a bell and which is controlled by a locking plate. The clock is wound with a special key through holes that are hidden by the garland.
The clock is in excellent condition.
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