A fine Louis XV ormolu cartel d'applique
Second quarter 18th century, the movement later
Formed of leafy scrolls and flowering vines inhabited by a phoenix and a dragon and surmounted by a putto, hinged bezel enclosing white enamel dial signed David Robert l'ainé, Chaux de Fonds within roman and Arabic chapter ring, pierced gilt scroll hands, the replaced movement with circular plates, signed Marti & Cie., with Brocot escapement and pendulum suspension, rack striking the hour and half hour on bell.
height 29in (74cm)
- The clock case is attributed to the bronzier, Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain (1719-1791)
An identical case signed Saint Germain, also with dial signed David Robert l'ainé Chaux de Fonds, is illustrated in Kjellberg p. 119, fig. C. A more elaborate version movement by Baillon, appears in fig. F, p. 91. That example, as well as another with movement by Louis Jouard, Paris, bear the "crowned C" revenue stamp of 1745 1749.
See: Pierre Kjellberg, "Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française", 1997.