Isaac II Thuret (c. 1630-1706), matre horloger before 1662
Thuret, who was made Horloger Ordinaire du Roi et de L'Acadmie des Sciences before 1672, was the most celebrated French clock-maker of his time, and one of the first to utilize Huygen's ground-breaking invention of the pendulum clock. He is recorded for the first time in the accounts of the Btiments du Roi in 1669, and in 1679 supplied 'une horloge a pendule spiralle' to Louis XIV. His extensive range of clients were drawn from the Royal circle and the highest nobility, and he often commissioned Louis XIV's cabinet-maker Andr-Charles Boulle to create his cases. Small scale mantel clocks with finely chased mounts and Boulle marquetry such as on the example offered here were a speciality of Thuret's workshop. Related clocks by Thuret are illustrated in Tardy, La Pendule Franaise, Paris, n.d., pp. 84-5, and P. Kjellberg, Encyclopdie de la Pendule Franaise, Paris, 1997, p. 38, fig. A. Winthrop Edey, in his catalogue for the Frick exhibition, attributes the case to the Gobelins workshop, a natural assumption in view of Thuret's frequent collaboration with Boulle and other notable cabinet-makers.
His son Jacques III Thuret continued his father's tradition, being made horloger du roi following his father's death and continuing to collaborate with Boulle and also Charles Cressent.