Mantel clock with ivory columns by Balthazar Martinot cm 47 x 30
Lot 34Y
A rare French Louis XIV ormolu-mounted, pewter inlaid tortoiseshell, ivory and ebony mantel clock by Baltazar Martinot, Paris, circa 1675
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 18,004) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare French Louis XIV ormolu-mounted, pewter inlaid tortoiseshell, ivory and ebony mantel clock by Baltazar Martinot, Paris, circa 1675
A rare French Louis XIV ormolu-mounted, pewter inlaid tortoiseshell, ivory and ebony mantel clock
by Baltazar Martinot, Paris, circa 1675
the arched top surmounted by three flaming urns, above an engraved pewter inlaid figure of the Roi Soleil, the brown velvet-lined back with circular dial with Roman numerals, above a strapwork plaquette inscribed Baltazar/ Martinot/ Paris, the twin-train movement with verge escapement, silk suspension and cycloidal cheeks striking on the bell mounted to the top of the case via a numbered countwheel, flanked to each side by a spirally turned ivory column with Corinthian capitals, the sides with arched glazed panels, on a breakfront base and circular fluted feet, the movement signed to the back Baltazar Martinot Paris, 35cm wide, 17cm deep, 62cm high (13.5" wide, 6.5" deep, 24" high).

Footnotes

  • The most striking feature of this clock are the twisted ivory shafts of its columns. Identical ivory columns appear on two other known Religieuse clocks (see illustrations in Reinier Plomp Early French Pendulum Clocks, 1658-1700 / known as Pendules Religieuses pp 86 and 87 ill. 155 and 156). One is part of the Frick Collection in New York, see Winthrop Edey, French Clocks in North American Collections, pp 36 and 37, illustration catalogue No. 29. The present lot is slightly different in the arched pediment which could indicate an earlier example compared to the slightly later clocks with domed roofs.
    Baltazar Martinot was born at Rouen in 1636. He established his business in Paris and became a very successful clockmaker who was patronised by the Royal family, noble families and the most influential members of society. He used exceptionally beautiful cases from the workshop of André-Charles Boulle and Jean-Michel Ziegler. He retired to St. Germain-en-Laye in 1710 where he died a few years later.
    Clocks by Baltazar Martinot can be admired in some of the world's finest collections including the Musée du Louvre, Musée de Cluny and Musée National des Techniques, Paris; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lyon; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
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