Paris, second half of the 18th century
- “Regnault a Paris” (also signed on plate)
- Pierre-Antoine Regnault, attributed
- *1731, †1809, 1754 master, 1768 assessor, clockmaker of the court of Emperor Franz I (II) of Austria since 1786
- case and console in boulle-marquetry (rich inlays in brass and ebonized wood), back board inside in boulle and contra-boulle marquetry, three-sided glazing, rich bronze mounts, crest with Eros enthroned on a globe with two loving doves bronze fronton engraved and with relief
- enameled cartouches for hours and minutes, also for the signature
- verge escapement, half hour strike on bronze-bell, outside count wheel, indication of date, lunar phase and lunar date, duration of circa two weeks
- 32¾ in
height 32 ¾ in. (console 11 ¾ in.)
Because this magnificent clock comes from a well-known Austrian collection, it may have been specially made for Emperor Franz I (II) (1768–1835), also, since in the 18th century, a moon phase was particularly popular for courtly clocks in Austria and was rarely used in France during this time.
This museum-quality baroque clock with wall console is attributed to Pierre-Antoine Regnault (1731-1809) because he was the court clockmaker of Emperor Francis I (II).
The Parisian clock from the second half of the 18th century is made in boulle-marquetry with elaborate brass inlays in ebonized wood. Like the case and the console, the inner back board of the clock is also inlaid in boulle-marquetry and here also in contra-boulle marquetry. Due to the three-sided glazing this is good to view. The pendule is decorated all over with bronze mounts. Eros with two loving doves enthroning on a globe forms the crest. The bronze fronton is engraved and has a relief with two putti. Enameled cartouches show the hours, the minutes and the signature of the artist. In the center of the dial you find the indication of the date, the moon phase and the moon date. Technically, this clock is equipped with a long duration of about two weeks. It has a verge escapement, a half hour strike on a bronze-bell and an outside count wheel.
Provenience: prominent Austrian private collection
cf.: Clock Museum Vienna, inv. no. 2874.