19th Century KIngwood Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Longcase Clock signed Martinot

$25,000.00

A superb quality French Louis XV style marquetry and gilt bronze longcase clock. The case of this clock is modelled after those made by the 18th century cabinetmaker Balthazar Lieutaud. The shaped marquetry oak carcass is completely veneered in kingwood, amaranth, mahogany and various other exotic woods and further decorated with fine gilded bronze mounts. The case is surmounted by a winged figure of “Chronos” or ‘Father Time’; the whole sitting on large lions paw feet. The gilded dial with its inset white and blue enamel numerals is signed ‘Martinot a Paris.’ The original movement rings the hours and halfs on a gong. The long pendulum features the head of Minerva and is visible through a gilt bronze framed glass window at the front of the clock case. The pendulum is accessed from a hinged door with a chain that forms part of the upper side of the clock case. The movement is visible through a latched hatch at the back of the clock. The movement is not signed but has the letters “QR” and the number “1005” stamped on it.

Dimensions: 16″D x 32″W x 91″H

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