A long-case clock built of three separate parts: the high base on a plinth, the middle part for the pendulum and the movement at the top.
The intarsia of gilt brass and the ormolu banding emphasize the form, and the curved angles of the clock case are well protected by foliate scrolls and acanthus leaves. Both sides of the case and the plinth show masks of Hercules with his lion’s skin helmet. The front of the base shows a high-relief sculpture of Minerva.
The middle part of the clock shows the pendulum aperture surrounded by ormolu volutes and above the aperture, within a cartouche, vine leaves and grapes. Under the dial we see a mask of Flora. The upper part with the movement is crowned by a sculpture of Victoria.
The movement is signed André Furet à Paris. Furet became a master clockmaker on the 20st of February 1691.
The movement has a duration of ten days. The movement with anchor escapement is equipped with a repetition-work; it strikes the quarters on three bells and the hours on one bell. The ormolu dial shows twelve cartouches of white enamel in which the Roman numerals are shown in blue enamel. The outer ring shows the minutes in engraved Arabic numerals. A thirteenth cartouche shows the seconds. All three the hands (hours, minutes and seconds) are made of blued steel.
In 17th century France, long case clocks were mainly produced in the country (as opposed to Paris). But around 1690 Parisian workshops started to produce long case clocks and called them “horloge de parquet”. These clocks had a structure consisting of three separate parts: the high basis on a plinth, the middle part to accommodate the pendulum and the upper part, which housed the timepiece.
Up until ca. 1700 clock cases were built according to architectural rules, but furniture makers (these clocks cases were considered to be pieces of furniture) left the straight architectural lines and started to build clocks with curving or “violoné” lines. The lower middle part was curving outwards on both sides to provide space for the pendulum. These early Parisian long case clocks, structured in three parts, established a model that influenced the form of French long case clocks until the neoclassical period.
signed on the movement: André Furet à Paris