A scarce early 19th century French ormolu Republican perpetual calendar timepiece
Lot 82
A rare early 19th century French ormolu perpetual calendar timepiece showing both Republican and Gregorian calendar
Sold for £2,400 (US$ 3,977) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare early 19th century French ormolu perpetual calendar timepiece showing both Republican and Gregorian calendar
The turned finial over the beaded removable bezel, raised on a lyre shaped support and stepped rectangular base with stiff leaf moulding, the 2 inch white enamel dial with central conventional Arabic chapter ring bordered to the right by three Gregorian calendar dials for the month, date and day with planets, the lower dial with six celebratory days, vertu, genie, travail, opinion, recompenses and revolution; the three left hand dials comprising the decimal calendar of days, date and month, the upper most dial marking "bisextile" or leap years, the watch movement with verge escapement, regulation dial and foliate pierced cock. 19cm (7.5in)

Footnotes

  • The Republican calendar was created by a committee of mathematicians, poets and artists. It was adopted in 1793, but was abolished soon after in 1806.
    The year was divided into twelve months, each of thirty day duration, which
    due to the complexities of decimalising the solar calendar left five days (or six if a leap year) unaccounted for at the end of each year, each of which was given a name celebrating a revolutionary ideal, these being virtue, genius, work, opinion, reward and revolution.
    The above lot not only bridges the gap between the 'old' Gregorian calendar and the 'new' Republican calendar but allows for the calculation of the leap year and the names of the additional days.
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