An ebony veneered portico clock
An ebony veneered portico clock
An ebony veneered portico clock

An ebony veneered portico clock

c. 1840 Paris

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Gounouilhou et Francois à Geneve, an ebony-veneered portico clock which has a two-week duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a bell, with an outside countwheel and adjustable beat to the pendulum crutch, the backplate is signed Gounouilhou et Francois à Geneve, and has a nine-rod compensating pendulum with a dual-metal bob which has fine regulation. The round silvered dial is engraved with black Roman numerals and an inset subsidiary seconds dial; has blued steel moon hands and is engraved with the makers’ name. The ebony portico case has four tapered pillars with brass capitals of acanthus leaf decoration, with further decorative gilt-metal mounts to the base and standing on adjustable decorative cast brass feet.

Gounouilhou & Francois were well-known Geneva makers working at Quai de l’Isle 241 making clocks and watches with complications as well as carriage clocks with both petite and grande-sonnerie strike-work. They exhibited at L’Exposition Geneva in 1828. Pierre-simon Gounouilhou was a French protestant, born in 1779, who was to have a major influence on the horological scene in Geneva; amongst his many achievements were watches constructed with quarter-chiming and Jaquemarts automata. He was a signatory on the petition, dated February 1829, to have a new observatory constructed.
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In restoration
Height 21.50 inch (54.61 cm)
Stock Code
Gounouilhou et Francois à Geneve
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