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The Serial Number is : 60564 A&N
The clock has got an eight-day gong striking movement with blue on white enamel cartouche and Roman numeral chapter ring applied to a break-arch dial. The clock bears an oval enamel signature plate Balthazard, A Paris.
The red stained shell and brass foliate marquetry veneered case has four knopped finials which are flanked by further vase finials above a moulded raised brass surround to the front door. The sides have conforming glazed apertures above swollen lower sections applied with scroll mounts. The base has a cast apron and small toupe feet.
It is a delightful clock which would be appreciated by any collector of beautiful objects.
You are viewing this clock in its excellent original untouched condition. It will be restored before delivery and this is included in the price.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 32 x Width 19 x Depth 12
Dimensions in inches:
Height 12.6 x Width 7.5 x Depth 4.7
André-Charles Boulle (1642 – 1732), was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).
Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid paneling and the marquetery furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle's drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.
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