In chiseled and gilded bronze, the white and blue enameled dial signed "JEAN BAPTISTE / BAILLON", the mechanism signed "J B.te Baillon / AParis / n. 2019", inscribed in a case surrounded by rosettes and sunflowers among foliage of foliage, a Fame holding a trumpet
Provenance: Sotheby's New York sale, November 5, 1998, lot 265.
The movement number 2019 allows to determine the date of its manufacture in 1743.
Jean- Baptiste Baillon received master watchmaker in 1727 (died 1772), one of the greatest manufacturers of his time, used only the best dials, like those of Antoine-Nicolas Martinière (1706-84) and the cases were supplied by the greatest manufacturers of his time, such as Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain. Jean-Baptiste Osmond, Balthazar Lieutaud, les Caffieris, Vandernasse and Edmé Roy. Baillon was arguably the most famous member of a long line of watchmakers and one of the most important manufacturers of the 18th century. He catered to the most illustrious clientele including the French and Spanish royal family, the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, as well as prominent members of the Court and the crème de la crème of Parisian society. Baillon was made master of the watchmaker in 1727. His Parisian addresses were, appropriately, Place Dauphine in 1738 and Rue Dauphine after 1751. Today we can admire Baillon's work in some of the most prestigious collections in the world. , notably the Parisian museums of the Louvre, the Decorative Arts, the National des Techniques, the Petit Palais and Jacquemart-André. Other examples can be found at the Palace of Versailles; Paul Dupuy Museum, Toulouse; the Residenz Bamberg; Neues Schloss Bayreuth; Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt; the Residenzmuseum Munich and Schleissheim Schloss. Other collections include the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels; Patrimonio Nacional Spain; the Metropolitan Museum in New York; The Newark Museum; Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore and Dalmeny House, South Queensferry.
The story of this clock of extraordinary finesse does not end there. During a recent examination, it was discovered that the back of the dial bore the signature of Antoine-Nicolas Martinière (1706-84) and the date 1745. This exciting discovery goes even further to confirm the importance of the piece present. Martinière was a remarkable inventor and enameler, whose talents so impressed King Louis XV that he was appointed enameler and thinker of the king. Martinière was the first enameler to create a full dial in simple enamel.
Jacques Caffieri (1678-1755) was born into a family of sculptors and bronzers, Jacques Caffieri became one of the most important bronze molders in France under the reign of Louis XV. As the nephew of Charles Le Brun, chief designer and painter to Louis XIV, Caffieri had good connections as well as talent and rose quickly to become an ordinary sculptor and sculptor of the king's buildings. . In 1740, Caffieri's wife bought a royal privilege - a form of license from the king - which allowed them to gild bronze and cast it in the same workshop. these two processes would generally have been carried out by separate companies. After his son Philippe Caffieri joined the workshop in 1747, they produced designs for chandeliers, ornaments for coaches, wall sconces and furniture stands. Jacques was a master of the Rococo style, using elaborate curves, flowering branches, and fantastic animals in his designs. Among his notable clients were Queen Marie Leczinska, King's mistress Madame de Pompadour and one of Louis XV's daughters, Madame Elisabeth.
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