The father and son firm of Alexis (1811-1898) and Lucien (1839-1897) Falize are famous as designers and manufacturers of the finest decorative and enamelled jewellery. Alexis retired in 1876 and Lucien took over the business. In 1878 he exhibited (at the Exposition Universelle, Paris) an eclectic range of work in his own name for the first time, including silver statues, clocks, Japanese-inspired jewellery enamelled by Tard and jewellery in the Renaissance Revival style. Falize made extensive use of historical, chiefly Renaissance, traditions and incorporated architectural and sculptural elements. The present clock is based on an ivory clock shown at the Exposition. This was given the name 'Angelus' and was described in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts as 'une charmante petite horloge d'ivoire...dans le style du XIIIE siècle'.
The above ivory clock was sold these rooms, Important Clocks, 2 July 2004, lot 51 and a silvered clock was sold Christie's South Kensington, The Dr Eugene and Rose Antelis Collection of Important French Cariage Clocks, 26 November 1998, lot 177. A further example, sold Sotheby's New York in 1991, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A. Kenneth Snowman, The Master Jewellers, London 1990, pp.61-72; Lucien Falize, L'Orfevreue et la Bijouterie au Champs de Mars, Gazette des Beaux Arts, Paris 1878; Katherine Purcell, 'Catering for Every Taste', Apollo, February 1991; Joseph Fanelli and Charles Terwilliger, A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks, Clock Trade Enterprises 1987, pp.90-91.