JEAN-SIMON BOURDIER (c. 1760-1839)
One of the most innovative clockmakers and the best musical mechanic of his time, Jean-Simon Bourdier became a maître horloger in Paris on 22 September 1787. He is recorded as working in the rue des Prêcheurs in 1787, quai de l'Horloge du Palais circa 1790, rue Mazarine in 1801, rue Saint-Saveur in 1812 and rue Saint-Denis in 1830. He gained a silver medal in the 1806 and 1879 produits de l'industrie exhibitions.
He is known to have worked with the ébénistes Lieutaud and Riesener as well as the bronziers Galle, Thomire and Remond. His dials were painted by the émailleurs Dubuisson and Coteau. His clocks were also sold by the dealers Daguerre and Lignereux and Juilliot.
The lyre-form clock, in various degrees of embellishments, is a paradigm of horological design of the late 18th Century. A very similar design, with double eagle heads centered by a floral bouquet is illustrated in Pierre Kjellberg, La Pendule Française, Paris, 1997, p.225, Fig. E. A further very similar example is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 252, fig. 4.6.25.