Monumental finely chiselled and gilt bronze cartel clock.
Designed with rocaille decoration of acanthus staples interspersed with branches of roses.
At the top, a couple of lovers stands on a mound in the shade of a large tree.
The man dressed in his finest attire, plays the flute in front of a seated shepherdess.
She holds before her a music score entitled "Nightingale the Sweet" while with her other hand she beats the bar with a baton.
A few meters from them, a dog seated scratches his ear with his back paw.
At the center of the cartel, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours and Arabic numerals for minutes is signed "Regnault in Chaalons" *
Signature that is found engraved on the back plate of the movement.
On each side and under the dial, the three openings are adorned with finely perforated grates.
Original movement with silk thread suspension, striking on the hour, half hour and quarter, thanks to three bells with different tones.
The original springs are signed "Richard" * and dated 1764, which is probably the date of manufacture of our cartel.
Very good original condition, original mercury gilding.
Perfect working condition, revised by our watchmaker, every week's winding.
The Rococo gilt bronze case attributable to the bronzier Jean Joseph of Saint Germain. *
Parisian work of Louis XV period around 1765.
Height: 120 cm; Width: 58 cm
* The signature "Regnault in Chaalons" corresponds to the signature of an important watchmaker.
He is quoted several times by Antoine Thiout in the second volume of his "treatise on mechanical and practical watchmaking" published in 1767.
Notably for his research on the correction of the effects of temperature on the pendulum, on his machine to make rockets, escapements with reduced friction and on his pendulum equation.
* The signature "Richard" on the springs of our cartel is that of Claude Richard, manufacturer of springs, active rue de la Huchette in Paris from 1754 to 1772.
* Due to several stylistic connections and the very nature of the decor, the majority of specialists agree to give the paternity of this model to Jean Joseph of St Germain.
Jean-Joseph of Saint Germain (1719-1791) received master foundry in earth and sand by masterpiece on July 15, 1748.
He is one of the greatest bronziers of the reign of Louis XV.
In 1765 he becomes a juror of the guild of founders-carvers, defender of copyright, he proposes and makes vote the obligation for bronzers to sign their books.
Indeed as he indicates in an advertising label of his workshop of the street St Nicholas: he sells "all sorts of boxes and toppings in ormolu" and "makes the drawings and models in wax"
He is the creator of many successful models such as the two Chinese cartel, the rhinoceros pendulum, the elephant, the bull ... and therefore one of the most copied artists in his lifetime.
-Pierre Kjellberg, "Encyclopedia of the French Pendulum from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century", 1997, p. 102 -Movement by Pierre Leroy
-Collection Richard Redding- Henri Voisin Movement
-Auction, Drouot 1984 - Movement of Jean Charles Olin
Stylistically the decor of our cartel is situated at the peak of the Louis XV style and during the Rococo movement.
The pastoral scene combines gallantry, love and music in a bucolic environment, it is close to the most beautiful creations of the painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).
With its one hundred and twenty centimeters, this monumental cartel is one of the largest made in the 18th century in France.
This is the masterpiece of bronzier Jean-Joseph St Germain of which we know only a few versions.
Among hundreds of clocks, it is this cartel that Pierre Kjellberg chooses for illustrating the cover of the first edition of his encyclopedia of the French clocks, work of reference on the subject.
Presented in perfect condition, both in terms of mechanism and gilding, our cartel is a rare collector's item but also a first class decorative element.
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