A French skeleton clock with calendar indicating days, symbols of days, months, seasons, mooncalendar, date, hours, minutes and seconds.
The clock has a 15-day going train with pinwheel escapement. The striking train strikes on the hour and half hour.
The white marble base rests on six adjustable feet and is decorated on the front with a fire-gilt bronze relief of playing putti in the style of Clodion. With an arched construction the clock stands on four white marble columns.
The entire clock is lavishly decorated with blue and white enamel. The enamel is signed by the famous Joseph Coteau (1740-1812). Coteau was one of the important enamellers of his time and manufactured many clock decorations. Coteau, born in Geneva, becomes a master enameller in 1766 at the académy de Saint Luc. He settles on the Parisien rue Poupée in 1772 and soon acquires a reputation as gifted miniaturist. He develops a better method to apply gold to porcelain in association with the manufacture de Sèvres. For the same company he also designs objects decorated with faux jewelry. After the ban on the guilds in 1791 the enamellers are allowed to sell their work without the intervention or mentioning of clockmakers.
This clock is signed on a cartouche below the main dial: Ridel à Paris. Laurent Ridel worked in Paris from 1789 to 1800. Ridel also belonged to the top of his trade and only worked with cases of the highest quality manufactured by Lemoyne, Feuchères, Denière, Mathelin, and Deverberie. The enamel usually came from Coteau, like on this clock. Little is known of Ridel’s life before the Revolution. J-D Augarde, however, mentions a cartel clock made for Mesdames Victoire et Adelaïde for the castle Bellevue in 1789.
with Van Dreven en Toebosch, Amsterdam (1996)
Private collection Belgium
P. Kjellberg: Encyclopedie de la Pendule Française, les Editions de l’amateur, Paris, 1997, p. 319.
F. Duesberg, Musée François Duesberg, Bruxelles, 2004, p. 103.
Catalogue Artfair Breda 1996, p. 35.
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