Exquisite Louis XV cartel clock - Paris - Jean Baptiste Baillon around 1765




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Fire-gilded bronze case with playful, asymmetrical Louis XV decoration made of finely divided, plastic and relief flower garlands, fine latticework with shell-shaped rocaille crowning and curved acanthus leaf ornaments. The white enamel dial with black, Arabic hour numerals and red minute track, finely sawn, gold-plated hands and a 30-day movement with a half-hour strike on the bell. The extremely rare, long running time and complicated technology of the pendulum clock is a masterpiece that only a few master watchmakers have mastered.

Both the dial and the back work plate bear the signature of Jean Baptiste Baillon, a member of a famous Parisian watchmaking family who enjoyed an exquisite reputation not only at the Parisian court and who made numerous orders for the European nobility, including the Spanish royal family. High-quality pendulum of Baillon are kept in the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre or the Museo Galileo in Florence.

Height 69 cm.



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