French Boulle Style Vernis Martin Bracket Clock
A beautiful early 18th century French Boulle style bracket clock. In the very early 1700’s Charles Boulle was setting the fashion for a new style of clock. It was during the reign of Louis XIV. Clocks, coinsiding with furniture, were evolving artistically from linear to more sumptuous shapes. Also, the bracket clock lent new interest to the mantel clock in that it could be fixed against a wall. Simultaneously, Vernis Martin was becoming renowned for its lacquered painting style, which was unparalleled for subtle luster and sheen.
This clock with matching bracket is certainly decorative and eye appealing. The lacquered case is adorned with wonderfully detailed florals and further appointed with graceful foliate and curving gilt bronze ormolu mounts and feet. The elaborate clock face is gilt brass, and features porcelain cartouche Roman numeral hour markers with Arabic minute markers. The eight day movement strikes a bell at the hour, and has the charming little “Sun God” pendulum.
This very special clock encompasses the best of French early 1700’s style, artistry, and craftsmanship. It is also restored and it comes with a one year warranty.
Circa 1720SKU: BISC 31P $13,500 Inquire