AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE

ATTRIBUTED TO VERNEUIL, CIRCA 1800

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND MARMO BROCCATELLO DI SPAGNA LONG DURATION STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE
ATTRIBUTED TO VERNEUIL, CIRCA 1800
The movement with inverted Y-form frame with four double-screwed pillars, beat adjuster on crutch, pinwheel escapement mounted on the backplate with knife-edge suspended front swinging pendulum, twin going barrels, strike on bell, with 60 second remontoire mounted on the backplate, the white enamel Roman chapter ring with outer concentric date ring decorated with applied gold leaves with translucent green enamel berries, signed Coteau to the reverse, pierced blued steel hour and minute hands, steel sweep center seconds hand, subsidiary enamel rings below for day of the week and month with individual Zodiac names, with blue enamel rolling moonphase above, on twin pedestal marble supports with ormolu bases and on rectangular plinth with four ormolu flattened bun feet
27 ¾ in. (70.5 cm.) high, 13 7/8 in. (35 cm.) wide, 5 5/8 in. (14.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 October 1982, lot 232.
Literature
Derek Roberts, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, Schiffer, 1989, p. 60, figs. 46 a & b and p. 129, figs 122 a, b & c.

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Lot Essay

Tardy records two Verneuils, one at 42 Rue St Honoré and another (Verneuil Jeune) at Rue du Contrat Social in 1806 and at Faubourg St-Martin in 1815. It is probable that the present clock was made by the former.
Verneuil specialised in exceptional skeleton clocks, all of which bear a close family resemblance. Of varying complexity, they mostly include calendar work which is laid out in a similar way.
Joseph Coteau (1740 - 1801) supplied dials for the great clockmakers of France. He became maître in 1778 and maître-peintre-émailleur at the Académie de St.-Luc in Geneva in 1766 and moved to Paris in 1772, where he was installed in the rue Poupie. He claimed to have found a method 'd'appliquer solidement l'or marié avec les émaux de toutes couleurs sur la porcelaine', the 'jewelled' effect on porcelain and enamel, and by 1780 his name first appears in the kiln records at Sèvres. By 1784 his production at Sèvres was considerable, receiving 4520 livres for executed commissions.

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