France, bronze-front Comtoise wall clock, 8 day, time and strike, weight driven movement with verge escapement, thread suspension with rear-hanging pendulum in an iron post and plate frame, early enamel dial with concave center and convex chapter, Roman numerals for the hours, large Arabic numerals at 5 minute intervals, signed "Bailly a Marcigny", cast bronze fronton with backward facing Gallic rooster above a medallion with three hearts which replace the royal fleur de lis found in the same location on earlier clocks, two applied heart shaped spandrels below the dial, and iron hands, late 18th Century.


CONDITION: (1) Enamel dial has a few hairlines.  Steel components of the movement have some light rust. One of the verge pallets has been brazed back on. Strike train uses springs rather than counterweights. Small flared ends on the bottom of the upright steel movement posts. Four blade iron fly. Suspension housing "steeple" measures just over 4 inches. Slightly higher relief on the three hearts on the fronton may suggest that an older mold with fleur de lis was modified. Side doors are absent. No pendulum or weights are included. Sold by French firm Ivoire Saint-Etienne on October 13th, 2012, lot number 10

French comtoise clock, late 18th century (U15)

$450.00Price