4 December 2014
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU CARTEL TIMEPIECE WITH PULL-QUARTER REPEAT
THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT BY PIERRE COURTOIS, MID-18TH CENTURY
CASE: profusely cast with rocaille, shells and foliage, surmounted by a figure of Pierrot, with Harlequin and Columbine below beside a palm tree, struck with the 'C' couronné poinçon, originally with further elements; DIAL: white enamel dial with Roman and Arabic chapters pierced gilt hands and blued-steel alarm hand, signed COURTOIS HGER DU ROY / A PARIS; MOVEMENT: single-barrel movement with pull-wind alarm function, signed Courtois a Paris
24 ¾ in. (63 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) wide
Anonymous sale; Galerie Koller, Zürich, 22 March 2003, lot 588.
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F.J. Britten, Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers, London, 1904 (2nd ed.), p. 399, fig. 518, p. 407.
The 'C' couronné poinçon was a tax mark applied to alloys containing copper, between March 1745 and February 1749.
Jean-Pierre Courtois (d. Paris 1772), Ouvrier libre (1757) and appointed Marchand Horloger Privilegie du Roi suivant le Cour on 13 September 1765. He was the son of Jean-Baptiste, clockmaker.
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