A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cartel Clock, by Beurdeley.
Signed ‘A Beurdeley Fils a Paris’.
Surmounted by a ribbon tied globe the gilt-bronze case of this fine cartel clock presents a rich decorative vocabulary inspired by classical antiquity: including fronded and scrolling acanthus leaves, bows, beads, Greek-Key pattern and garlands of husks.
The clock has a white enamelled dial with the hours marked in Roman Numerals and seconds in divisions of five in Arabic. The face signed ‘A Beurdeley, Fils’. This type of Cartel clock owes its inspiration to Cartel clocks produced during the Louis XVI period. Similar eighteenth century examples to this model are illustrated in Tardy ‘La Pendule Francaise’, p. 309-312.
The clock has a French eight-day duration spring powered movement, striking hours and full hours on a single bell. The suspension is a normal bimetallic spring with an adjustable brass pendulum driving an anchor escapement. The clock movement and pendulum stamped with the number ‘4422’.