A most striking fine and rare Italian marquetry bracket clock with 6-hour dial striking Italian time by Francesco Papillion in Firenze ( Florence). C.1705.
The ebony case has exquisite pewter and brass marquetry inlaid into the ebony veneers, this continues around the side windows and dome top. The marquetry is engraved and beautifully coloured. On the stepped sides of the front fret are inlaid letters A (left) and R (right) perhaps of significance?
The gilded handle and side frets are probably made by Fogini who made exquisite mounts for clocks (one in the Getty Museum) and was working in the galleria Dei Lavori. Sitting on 6 turned feet- a spectacular clock case.
The 5” dial plate is beautifully engraved with flowers and foliage, it has an engraved chapter ring border and a full signature in a cartouche. The silvered six-hour dial has outside minutes and a central engraved flower and there is a fine hand.
The original movement of 2 days duration has 4 vase turned pillars, verge escapement and a six hour countwheel striking the hours on a bell.
Note: This clock case was probably made by the cabinet maker Leonardo Van Der Vinne, who worked in the Galleria Dei Lavori, it is jusifyable to suppose that Francesco Papillion also worked there.
Very little is known about this clockmaker, who registered as master of his craft in Florence in 1705, few examples of his work survive.
Height: 19 ½” (50cms)
Width: 12 ½” (32cms)
Depth: 6 ½” (17cms)
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