"Beautiful And Large Portico Pendulum Louis XVI Period, Around 1780 In Rare Polychrome Dial"Beautiful and large portico pendulum clock Louis XVI circa 1780 with rare polychrome dial
Height: 53 cm Width: 36 cm Depth: 10.7 cm
Cabinet: Very beautiful and large portico clock, Louis XVI period, in white Carrara marble and black marble embellished with rich finely chiseled and gilded bronzes in two matt and shiny tones. The two ringed black columns, are wound with laurel leaf friezes and rest on a white marble base with a projection, itself decorated with bronze ornaments decorated with scrolls. This terrace rests on eight feet in the shape of a spinning top. These 2 columns are flanked by 2 white marble pilasters decorated with falls of bronzes with floral decoration, Each column receives an urn of flowers. At amortization, a golden bronze eagle with spread wings rests on a pedestal decorated with a garland and two falling flowers on each side. the columns and pilasters are surmounted by a flowery basin. A thread of gilt bronze beads highlights the white marble to accentuate its shape and edges.
The dial: In white enamel, Arabic numerals in black, it is decorated with garlands of flowers painted in polychromy, interspersed with falling foliage, This decor typical of the Louis XVI period was reserved, considering its cost, for high-quality clocks .
The movement: Round with two plates with an anchor escapement and a wire suspension. The barrels are each maintained by a pin (the maintenance by bridges did not exist in the 18th century), The movement is striking with the passing of the hours and half hours, the pendulum known as "sun balance" is in gilded bronze
The hands : Decorated with sun, they are of brass period, chiseled and gilded openwork