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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.

54″H Overall

Circa 1720

SKU: BISC 31P $13,500 Inquire
If you would like to purchase this item or learn more about it, please click on the Inquire link above or phone the Renaissance Showroom at 805-688-1976, open seven days a week from 10 to 6.
  • French
  • Boulle Style Bracket Clock
  • Vernis Martin, Paris
  • Lacquered and Hand Painted
  • 8 Day Mechanical Movement
  • Bell Strike at the Hour
  • Porcelain Cartouche
  • Clock: 38″H x 16″W x 7″D
  • Bracket: 16″H x 19″W x 10″D
  • Overall 54″H
  • Restored, One Year Warranty
  • Circa 1720