This mantel clock, known as L'Oiseau Mort, relates to a design entitled La Douleur by Franois Vion in the Bibliothque Doucet, Paris (H. Ottomeyer, P. Prschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 247, fig. 4.6.9). The bas-relief of music-making putti are in the manner of Pierre-Philippe Thomire (d. 1843).
A mantel clock of identical model from the property of Paul Dutasta, was sold at Dusreuil Desvouges, Paris, 3-4 June 1926, lot 99, while a further model is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopdie de La Pendule Franaise, Paris, 1997, p. 251, fig. C.