335 Greenlawn Rd Greenlawn, NY 11740 United States 631.757.9521
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$ 19,500

c.1790 French Ormolu and Marble Swinging Lyre Clock

Documentation Signed
Origin France
Period 18th Century
Creation Date 1790
Description Maker:
Breant a Paris

The well cast and burnished ormolu lyre shaped frame has layers of decorative beading and numerous ormolu mounts including a floral swag, a Medusa bust on a burnished sunburst, rosettes, chains, tassles and a freeze of interlocking circles. Below are shaped pieces of gray and white marble on a burnished rectangular base.

The white porcelain dial has bold Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic five-minute marks, gilt dots, a 31-day calendar with red Arabic numbers and a steel-cut indicator hand and ormolu scissor hands with fleur-de-lis pointers.

The eight-day time and strike skeletonized movement has well-cut wheelwork, a star cut countwheel and a pinwheel escapement. The whole, dial and movement, acts as the pendulum and is suspended by gridiron from a reverse knife edge suspension and set in beat with a screwed beat adjustment.

Jean-Nicholas-Michel Breant became master in 1778.

Styles / Movements Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 334458
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