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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING TRANSITIONAL MANTEL CLOCK

ROMILLY, PARIS. CIRCA 1785

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING TRANSITIONAL MANTEL CLOCK
romilly, paris. circa 1785
The convex Roman and Arabic enamel chapter disc with finely pierced and chased ormolu hands, signed in the center Romilly, Paris, the movement with large rectangular plates and four pinned pillars, twin going barrels, anchor escapement with silk suspended steel rod pendulum with unusual crescent-shaped bob, hour and half-hour rack strike on a bell in the base via a faceted blued steel vertical hammer bar, the backplate signed Romilly Paris. 1571 12/37, the case with large glazed viewing panels to the sides and to the top surmounted by a large faceted loop handle, pendulum regulation square on the molding above the glazed rear door, trip repeat lever to the right side of the arched dial with a milled frame, applied foliate mounts to the front with apertures above the chapter disc for date and revolving day of week, pendulum viewing aperture below the chapter disc, ormolu milled toupie feet

Lot Essay

Romilly, Jean, Paris. Born in Geneva 1714 of a refugee father, d. 1794 . Married in Paris in 1752. He is listed at the Quai Pelletier, 1752, Place Dauphine, 1772-1781 and Rue Poupée 1787-1789. Tardy records a Louis XV cartel clock signed Romilly á Paris. In 1755 he is recorded as making watches beating seconds and 1768 a marine timekeeper damaged during trials. He wrote the technical part on horlogerie in the Encyclopédie Methodique.
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