A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris
A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris
A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris
A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris
A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris
A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris

A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris

c. 1770 France

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D437.Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris (1727-1807) A rare late 18th century Pendule D'Officier (the forerunner of the carriage clock) by this eminent maker. Similar clocks are illustrated in Allix & Bonnert, plate 1/28, page 22 and in Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks by Derek Roberts,page 16.

An indication of the quality of this clock and, in particular, its fire gilding, is that when the case was carefully cleaned, all the gilding was still found to be in virtually perfect condition.

The base of the clock rests on lions paw feet and features a recessed panel into which floral decoration has been placed. Above this is beaded decoration and immediately below the clock on either side are two horizontal decorative columns. The background to the top and either side of the case is silvered and onlaid with floral decoration and on top is a carrying handle.The white convex enamelled dial has Arabic numerals for the minutes and Roman for the hours with swags of flowers hanging down between the numerals. The beautifully executed hands are gilded.
The clock is signed ' Ferd. Berthoud, a Paris. No attention was needed for the gilding, just careful cleaning. The circular convex fretted out back door is backed with red silk.
The bell striking movement, with a platform to the top for the lever escapement, is numbered 14564 and interestingly above this is a beautifully engraved ship on which each of the sails bears different letters :- above is JMF and below EMS.

Delicately engraved on the base is the signature - Eug, Bazard, Paris, presumably the case maker (or possibly the first owner)

Overall height : 9.25" ( 23.5 cm.)
Excellent
Dimensions
Height 23.50 cm (9.25 inches)
Stock Code
D437
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