French wall/table clock
signed on the dial: Clavier AParis, c. 1675-80
The ebony-veneered wooden case has with an arched pediment, behind which a bell is situated. On the front is a glazed door which protects the dial. There are arched windows to either side. The clock is embellished with pierced repoussé ornaments on the door and the pediment and is surmounted by three gilt-brass flame finials. At the back is a walnut door giving access to the movement. Behind the bell are two suspensions eyes with which the clock can be hung on the wall. The clock rests on four gilt cast brass feet.
The velvet-covered brass dial plate has a Roman gilt-brass chapter ring, with half-hour, quarter-hour and Arabic minute divisions. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced gilt-brass hands. Below is a gilt-brass repousse signature cartouche:
flanked by two trumpet-blowing cherubs.
Brass two-day movement with going and striking trains driven by a single spring barrel. The going train has verge escapement with short pendulum suspended between cycloid cheeks. The striking train is controlled by a countwheel and indicates the hours fully on the bell.
Daniel Clavier was active as a clockmaker in Paris in the last quarter of the 17th century.
R. Plomp, Early French Pendulum Clocks, 1658-1700, Schiedam, 2009, p. 72
(showing a somewhat later clock by Clavier)
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 131.
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