The origin of the lyre-shaped clock goes back to the 1725s with a lyre-shaped cartel signed Thuret. The model gained immensly in popularity during the Louis XVI period and was executed in various simplified versions. One of the early versions of this model, with the dial signed Julien Le Roy, and datable to circa 1760-70 was delivered to Gustav III by the Swedish ambassador in France, Count Creutz, and is now in the Royal Swedish collections.
Various bronziers such as Vion, Thomire pre, and clockmakers such as Cousin, Harel and Sarton have manufactured this type of pendules. Various versions of lyre-shaped clocks are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Prschel, et.al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 252, figs. 4.6.24, 4.6.25. 4.6.26. An unattributed drawing of 1780 of such a clock is further illustrated in Ottomeyer, op. cit., fig. 4.6.27.