A 10-day going train and a striking train on request. The white enameled dial with minute indication in the outer ring in Arabic numerals and hour indication in Roman numerals. The openwork minute and hour hands in fire-gilt bronze.
The attractive symmetrical case in fire-gilt bronze is decorated with leaf garlands and acanthus. At the top a vase-shaped incense burner decorated with leaf motifs at the lower part. All decorations are stylized and simple. Beneath the dial an aperture to access the pendulum.
The housing is signed: Osmond.
This was the signature used by the Parisian clockmaker Pierre II Gille after 1765. As son of a master clockmaker he became master himself on 18 November 1746. Initially he worked with his father until he set up a workshop of his own. He worked from the rue Saint-Martin, the rue Saint-Denis, and the rue aux Ours. He soon gained fame with important collectors. Among his customers were, amongst others, the Marquis de Brunoy, Prince Charles de Lorraine, the fermier-général Étienne Perrinet de Jars, and the Duke de Gramont.
In the workshop of Osmond worked two generations of bronze casters: Robert Osmond (Canisy 1711 – Paris 1789) who was registered in Paris as master in 1746, and became ‘Juré’ [juror of the guild of bronze casters] in 1756. He initially worked from the rue de Canettes as of 1746 and moved to a workshop at the rue Macon in 1761. His nephew Jean-Baptiste Osmond was registered as master bronze caster in 1764. They had a very tight working relationship.
Robert Osmond was very much aware of the importance of copyrights on models and as juror of the guild of bronze casters signed the copyright notice drafted by the guild in 1766. From 1755 to 1760 onwards the work of Osmond shows a first step towards the strict, early classicist style of the goût Grèc. After about 1775 the Osmond workshop merely produced models in the less strict grotesque variety of the Classicism.
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4 800 €
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