Louis XV Rococo style clock and barometer set by Gravelin
French, Late 19th Century
Clock & Barometer: height 77cm, width 32cm, depth 15cm
Designed in the Louis XV Rococo style, this very fine clock and barometer set dates to c.1870 and was made by Parisian makers Paul Gravelin & Louis Marti et Cie in the time of the French Belle Époque. The matching cases are cast with scrolling foliate decoration, with intricate, elegant swirling flowers and ribbons, in rocaille form.
The dial of the clock is painted with both Arabic and Roman numerals and signed to the centre ‘Paul Gravelin,’ above the dial, and below: ‘Paris, 8 Rue Charlot,’ while the square-plate eight-day movement is by Marti, an stamped ‘Louis Marti et Cie, Bronze Medaille.’
The gilding is of exceptional quality, and demonstrates the prowess of late nineteenth century Parisian craftsmen, who looked to earlier French regal periods for stylistic inspiration yet updated styles, particularly the Rococo, with their own individual flair, as is evident from these fine antique timepieces.