Tall French Louis XVI Long Case Clock with Walnut Case & Brass and Enamel Dial

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From the historically important city of Lyon, an impressive and well-proportioned eighteenth century Louis XVI long case clock in walnut with inlays. Arched bonnet over arched glass-paneled door opens to an enamel dial, reading "Martin a Lyon", surrounded by hand-hammered brass decoration in relief with references to a bountiful harvest: Flower-filled basket, acanthus leaves and cornucopias brimming with wheat. The emblem of Louis XIV, the sun king, crowns this grouping in brass. Has original hands tipped with sun emblems, another reference to the sun king, with painted Roman numerals over the enamel face, France, circa 1790.
The movement
The pendulum suspension housing in located at the rear of the iron frame and is about 2 1/2" tall. This dates the clock between 1740 and 1800
The "dentetes" (these are the locking levers in the strike train) are activated by a spring mounted on the right rear post of the clock frame. This configuration was used up to 1800.
The mechanism has a crown wheel escapement which was used between 1680 and 1840
The pendulum is a lead bob and folding wire rod which was used between 1680 and 1790 (this may not be original to the clock)
The dial (which was made in Lyon)
The dial is enamel which was is fashion between 1750 and 1840
The hour and minute hands are cut brass which were in favor between 1810 and 1920
The repousee is in two pieces dividing at the 9 and 3 and it conforms to the clock frame on all side except the top which dates the repousee to between 1810 and 1850
The theme of the repousee refers to a theme of Louis XIV who was the sun king and further back to the Egyptian sun god RA. This was an empire or Napoleonic symbol that was in use in 1810

Measures: 23" wide x 14" deep x 99" high.
Of the Period
Louis XVI
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 18th Century
Materials and Techniques
Good. Movement has been well cared for over the years and is in pristine condition. Clock strikes twice on the hour repeating itself and on the 1/2 hour. It has an alarm that functions but not accurately. Beautiful large bell.
Wear consistent with age and use
99 in. H x 23 in. W x 14 in. D
251 cm H x 58 cm W x 36 cm D
Dealer Location
Miami, FL
Number of Items
Reference Number
Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
4707 SW 72 Ave.
Miami FL 33155
(305) 690-0584
1stdibs Dealer since 2013 Located in Miami, FL
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