Cartel and its console, tortoiseshell veneer, gilt bronze (gold varnish), brass fillets, after a model by André-Charles Boulle, Louis XIV period, circa 1710. Size (h x w x d): 127 x 42 x 15 cm.
Cartel with a straight case, curved in the upper part and topped by a dome with a gilded bronze antique lamp. The case in lower part ends geometrically. The whole is plated with tortoise shell tinted in dark red, enriched with brass fillets, bronze rods with frieze ornaments, falls of laurel bundles around the frame, a bouquet above, a group on the glass and square feet.
The console of this cartel is treated in harmony, with acanthus leaves in the corners, a macaron on the face. It is finished by a fruit.
The model is attributable to the famous André-Charles Boulle who published it in 1707 with the collaboration of Mariette. We can also recognize the antique lamp published by Boulle.
The movement is by Antoine Gaudron. Born in 1640 and died in 1714 in Paris. Around 1660-65, he is received master in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, then in Paris on June 5, 1675. He was a goldsmith merchant and then a goldsmith merchant for the Queen of England in London. He joined his sons, Antoine II and Pierre, in the art trade at La Perle on the Place Dauphine in 1698, and on the same square at La Renommée in 1709. According to his son Pierre, he created an equation clock in 1688, the first of its kind. The workshop of Antoine I signed his works "GAUDRON à Paris" from the 1660's until 1728, and then his sons took over this signature.