A finely engraved carriage clock
A finely engraved carriage clock
A finely engraved carriage clock
A finely engraved carriage clock
A finely engraved carriage clock
A finely engraved carriage clock

MOISE BOLVILLER (worked 1822-1874)

A finely engraved carriage clock

c. 1850 Paris

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A finely engraved gorge cased carriage clock by Moise Bolviller.
The eight-day duration movement has the original silvered platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell with an outside countwheel as usually seen on the earlier carriage clocks. The backplate is stamped with the Bolviller trademark, the name within an oval, along with the serial number 62.
The silvered dial is beautifully worked with raised decoration depicting c-scrolls and flora tumbling from classical urns, with raised Roman hour numerals and signed with raised lettering above XII o’clock Bolviller a Paris, and with fine moon hands.
The gilded case is engraved with decoration on all sides as well as to the shuttered rear door, with shutters opening to reveal the winding arbors and hand-setting arbor, all standing on engraved bun feet.

Moise Bolviller was both an interesting maker and character, and one who I am researching alongside other earlier makers who worked with Holingue Frères, Jacot and Moser, amongst others. He was involved in the top-end of the business but also appears to have been a little murky in his dealings with others with a number of legal issues blighting his career, including a spat in 1860 with L’Epee over the importing of musical items from Switzerland that L’ Épee felt infringed his rights. 
In summary: Bolviller was born in Metz on the 7th of August 1800 and is known to have been working in Paris from at least 1829 at rue Saint-Avoye 25, now rue du Temple 45, having married Fanny Alkan on the 24th of January 1822 in Paris. He was still at this address in 1833 but by 1837 is recorded further north of the Marais region at rue Charlot 16, now numbered 60. In 1849 he is known to be at rue St-Hyacinthe alongside Celestine Gontard although they are also recorded at rue Vendome 12 (now rue Béranger) in 1852 as Gontard et Cie, where it is recorded that he was dealing with many differing items including musical pieces, hence his problems with L’ Épee as mentioned. There are extant carriage clocks known signed together by both Gontard and Bolviller; indeed they took out a patent in June 1848 for a ‘free escapement’. This is the forerunner of the type that Gontard then went on to further patent and which he placed on Henri Jacot movements at this time, as Claudius Saunier mentions in his Treatise on Modern Horology published in 1851. Bolviller also took out a patent in 1858 for an ‘echappment à seconds fixes’ when his address is recorded as 33 Boulevard Saint-Martin.
I have also seen a number of clocks signed by Bolviller that are stamped with the initials H.L. for Holingue Frères, who it’s known worked with both Garnier and Drocourt, amongst others.
Bolviller died on the 22nd of December 1874, at Boulevard du Temple 42, just a few yards from rue Béranger.
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Height 6.50 inch (16.51 cm)
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Bolviller a Paris
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