The Courvoisier family ranked among the oldest families of clockmakers at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and played an extremely influential role in the early history of Swiss carriage clocks. Several generations of the Courvoisier family were involved in the business through various associations. The firm Courvoisier & Companie, was created by Henri Louis Courvoisier (1796-1868) and Frédéric Alexandre Courvoisier (1799-1854).
A travelling clock of closely related design is illustrated in D. Roberts, Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks, Schiffer, 1993, p. 19, Figs. 1-24. A virtually identical clock was sold, Christie's London, 6 July 2001, lot 6.