Onion watch, with cock, signed François Houet Duchesne in Paris.
France, 18th century, Louis XV period
Brass, enamel, iron and glass.
Diameter : 5,7 cm - Thickness : 3,7 cm
Gilt brass "onion" type watch.
Hinged case opening into a window of curved glass. The back is worked in bas-relief of a scene animated by three characters included in a rich and leafy composition: the goddess Abundance - Abundantia in Roman mythology, is enthroned in the center, accompanied by her two winged cherubs who bring her cups of fruit so that she never misses the horn she supports with her left arm. Her right hand carries a lighted torch. Allegory of abundance, Abundantia is also the divine personification, as well as that of prosperity, success and luck.
Gilded brass dial, decorated with champlevé foliate scrolls, including two foxes seated on the capitals of columns and looking outward. Indication of the minutes by a crown in graduated enamel and indication of the hours by twelve cartridges in white enamel and royal blue Roman numerals. Single hand.
Gilded brass movement, protected by an openworked disc, chiseled with a symmetrical composition: the lower part presents two foxes similar to the previous representations, looking this time towards two avian figures in flight. The whole is engraved in continuation of the dial. Signed: Franç.s H. Duchesne in Paris. For François Houet Duchesne, master clockmaker in rue des Fossés Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois (listed in 1724).
Baluster pillars; on a bridge of the dial, engraving of a roaring lion standing on its hind legs.
The movement ensures a good functioning. Delivered with winding key.
Delevery information :
All items are sent by registered mail, insured.
Rates on request.
Delivery and installation possible.