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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (made)

  • Museum number:

    4:1 to 3-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Case: The case of tortoiseshell with marquetry of brass, mounts of chased gilt bronze and glass panels, mounted in ormolu; the inlay is of foliated scrollwork. The side panels are arched and glazed, with a wooden rear door. The case rests on four claw feet, and decorated with enriched mouldings and corner mounts of acanthus foliage, surmounted by a bell-top supporting a tripod vase of ormolu.

Dial: Ormolu dial, 20.3cm in diameter, decorated in relief with foliated strapwork, terminating in monsters, with a bust in a laurel leaf below and two squirrels above. Minutes 1 to 60 engraved at outer edge of the dial. Roman hour figures I to XII are each in blue on a convex white-enamel plaque inset in the dial. Winding holes are inside IIII and VII. Capstan for regulating just above 60. Quarter marks engraved inside the hours, and steel hands, both with tails. The dial is glazed, with an applied gilt-bronze medallion 9.2cm in diameter, with an embossed head of Louis XIV in low relief and inscribed ''LVDOVICVS MAGNVS FRANCORV. REX. 1677', and signed 'Bertinet'. The medallion is surrounded by a wreath.

Movement: Plates are 15.3cm wide, 12.7 cm high, the backplate signed 'Gaudon Paris'. Both trains with going barrels. The going train to the right has an internal Brocot escapement with steel pallets and escape wheel of 32T, with a Brocot-type regulator. The pendulum is 27.9cm long, with brass-cased lead lenticular bob 7cm in diameter. Formerly with a verge escapement. The striking train to the left has an outside locking-plate and notches numbered 1 to 12. The bell hammer is missing.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


late 17th century (made)


Height: 66.7 cm, Width: 31 cm, Depth: 17.5 cm

Labels and date

Gallery 5A label:
French (Paris); late 17th century
The case of tortoiseshell with marquetry of brass, mounts of chased gilt bronze and glass panels.
The clock signed "Gaudron A Paris".
The medallion signed "Bertinet" and dated 1677.

The medallion portrait of Louis XIV, in gilt bronze, predates the clock by some years. There were a number of clockmakers called Gaudron working in Paris in the late 17th century. []


Metalwork Collection

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