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Maker, Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris, France, c. 1785. Three train pinwheel escapement, 1/2 second gridiron compensated pendulum on knife edge suspension, 30 second Robin remontoire, full perpetual calendar, epicyclical equation of time, moon's age and phase, quarter strike on solar time Chime and strike can be silenced. 25.5"h x 12.25"w x 10.75"d, (65 x 31 x 27.5cm)

Below we examine the decorative gilt ormolu statuary. If someone knows whether the woman with the book is representative of a known subject, please contact me. The three dimensional presentation of the statuary in front of the movement is exceptional. Rather than being molded into the frame of the clock or staged around the dial work they are fully formed and set naturally in front of the clock works, even appearing to obstruct the dial work in a minor way. There is a pleasing quality to it, almost as if the woman and putties had simply just stepped onto the marble base.

 

 

 

 

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Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, Derek Roberts, p. 24