The design for this clock is inspired by the celebrated drawing executed circa 1785 and attributed to the ciseleur-doreur François Rémond, which is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 295, fig 4.17.5.
The two seated figures derive from models of L'Etude and La Philosophie created for the Sèvres factory by Louis-Simon Boizot in 1780. The marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre commissioned Rémond to design the clock to incorporate Boizot's figures (C. Baulez, 'La Pendule à la Geoffrin', L'Estampille, ed. 4, 1989, pp. 39-41). In 1788 Daguerre supplied two clocks of this model to Louis XVI for the Château de St. Cloud, which are discussed in P. Verlet, Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1987, p. 322, fig. 357.
A closely related example was sold from Hackwood Park, Christie's House sale, 20-22 April 1998, lot 77 (£23,000), while another was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 14 December 2000, Lot 198 (£28,200).