The original design for this mantel clock may be firmly attributed to Etienne Martincourt (maître 1762). At least four 18th century examples are documented, one of which supplied to Louis XVI for the Salle du Conseil at the Tuileries, circa 1773-7, and now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (see G. Wilson et al, European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1996, no. XVI, pp. 114-123).
In 1844 Guillaume Denière took over the Parisian business established by his father in 1804, producing a variety of high quality decorative bronzes. Denière supplied important commissions to the Mobilier de la Couronne, to Kisselef, the Russian Ambassador, and to Said Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt.