A remarkable Régence ormolu mounted inlaid kingwood régulateur de parquet
Second quarter 18th century, after a design by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier, the later associated movement by Jean-Baptiste Baillon, Paris with dial by the enameller Georges Merlet
In the form of a lyre on plinth mounted with a grotesque mask and raised on gilt scroll feet, the trunk rising from ormolu foliate scrolls flanking gilt rod "strings," the hood surmounted by ormolu putti and trailing foliage, (some mounts probably associated), the hinged gilt bezel enclosing a restored white enamel dial signed on the reverse, "G. Merlet," Arabic minute numerals enclosing Roman chapters with gilt fleur de lis half hour marks, pierced and engraved hands (minute hand repaired), the associated movement signed "J. B. Baillon A Paris," with arched plates secured by four pillars, dead beat escapement with center seconds (hand lacking), spring pendulum suspension secured to the back plate (lacking pendulum), endless cord to going and striking trains wound by arbor though dial, striking on a bell mounted above the back plate by means of a crossed out numbered countwheel and vertical arbor (hammer lacking).
height 90in (228cm)