A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
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A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK

NICOLAS PLANTART, ABBEVILLE, CIRCA 1600

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A FRENCH ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS AND COPPER STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
NICOLAS PLANTART, ABBEVILLE, CIRCA 1600
The pierced foliate entwined dome with figural friezes of reclining nudes flanking a mask with scallop shell of the Pilgrims of Saint James, waisted finial and further finials to the angles, the rectangular case engraved overall, the front showing Christ meeting the Pilgrims on the road to Emmaus, the dial with silvered chapter ring and steel hand, the center engraved with two knights on horseback outside the town of Compostela, the sides and rear with winged angel heads and further scallop shells, spring catches to bottom plate of movement, the cover to underside with signature '*N* / *Plantart* / *abbeville*'; the two-tier movement with plain and baluster steel pillars, with twin gut fusees, brass wheelwork, steel balance wheel, with pierced and engraved cover to countwheel, striking bell inside dome
7 ½ in. (19 cm.) high, 3 ½ in. (9 cm.) wide, 3 ½ in. (9 cm.) deep
Provenance
The Percy Webster Collection; Sotheby's, London, 27 May 1954, lot 91.
Christie's, London, 5 April 1966, lot 36.
Literature
W. Edey, French Clocks, London, 1967, figs. 9 & 10.
C. Vincent, Northern European Clocks in New York Collections, New York, 1972, p. 16.
H. Tardy, French Clocks The World Over Part 1: From their Beginnings to the Louis XV-Louis XVI Transition Period, Paris, 1981, p. 47.
Exhibited
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Northern European Clocks in New York Collections, 4 January – 28 March 1972, inv. no. 2, inventory label 'L. 1971.93.21'.

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Lot Essay

Nicholas Plantart, working in Abbeville before 1619, then Blois.
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