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The clock is surmounted by a winged male figure of Father Time, above an octagonal shaped frame, which is centred by a circular dial featuring white enamel numbers. The clock face sits above a waisted neck with scrolling floral mounts, and a semicircular dial inscribed PLUVIEUX, CHANGEANT, BEAU TEMPS with a mask, within further scrolling floral mounts.
The clock has a French eight-day duration spring powered movement striking the half hours and the full hours on a single bell. The suspension is a normal bimetallic spring with an adjustable brass pendulum driving an anchor escapement. The clock stamped to the movement with the number ‘102’ and a medallion for ‘J. Marti et Cie, Paris’.
The thermometer consists of an alcohol filled glass thermometer capillary tube and the scale runs from 15 degrees below zero to 55 degrees above following the Réaumur scale which was in use at the time of Louis XIV.
The aneroid barometer shows an indication of barometric change moving through the range PLUVIEUX, CHANGEANT and BEAU TEMPS, (rain, change, nice weather), on a finely engraved scale with a hand pointer. The barometer is stamped ‘Richard, Paris’ beneath the number ‘19616’ and with ‘Compense’ above a lozenge with ‘Brevetes, Paris’ centred on the initials ‘RF’.
This very fine combination clock is based on a famous Louis XIV (1643 - 1715), boulle clock and bnarometer by M. Passerat. A comparative example is illustrated in Tardy: La Pendule Francaise, 1ere Partie, p. 99.
|Height||140.00 cm||(55.12 inches)|
|Width||23.00 cm||(9.06 inches)|
|Depth||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|