An exceptionally fine and rare French Louis X1V religieuse clock by Daniel Clavier Paris. The case from the workshops of Andre Charles Boulle C.1680.
The fine case attributed to the workshops of Andre Charles Boulle is in counter partie marquetry with a brass background and inlaid with red shell and pewter. There are ebony mouldings brass feet and 3 exquisite 2 part flambé and swag finials. The sides have arched windows and are laid into shell panels with ebony surrounds.
The most beautifully made movement of 25 days duration strikes the hours and ½ hours on a bell, it has five turned vase shaped back pinned pillars, large spring barrels, finely decorated metalwork, silk suspension, verge escapement with outside cycloidal cheeks and an outside countwheel. The backplate is fully signed.
The velvet covered dial has a 7 ¾” applied chapter ring with numbered outside minutes, engraved brass hands, and an ormolu ornament fully signed on a brass plaque.
Daniel Clavier is recorded working in Paris from 1679 – 1685. He worked in the La Cite area along with some of the finest makers including Pierre Du Chesne, Samuel Panier, Joseph Baronneau etc. working in the area allowed them to come into contact with the finest casemakers and bronzists of the period. His short working life is reflected in the rarity of his clocks. One is illustrated on pf 72 of “Early French Pendulum Clocks by Reinier Plomp”.
Height: 22 1/2″ (58cms)
Width: 12″ ( 30 1/2cms)
Depth: 5 1/2″ ( 14cms)