Charles Baltazar and Francois Duhamel, Paris, a Louis XV Boulle work bracket clock, the oak case with tortoise veneers, inlaid with brass, floral vines, the base with central shell, scroll feet, and foliate mounts conforming to the curves of the case, kidney shape brass door with frolicking putti holding birds, top with gadrooned brass molding, and with central scroll and acanthus mount, gilt brass dial with Roman numeral enamel cartouches, and signed, white enamel center, finely pierced, chased and engraved gilt hands, signed brass movement with tapered baluster form pillars and large, solid count wheel, large barrels, five wheel going train, and verge escapement with silk suspended pendulum, striking the hours and half hours on a bell, and resting on a matching, incurved bracket with gilt brass mounts and wrought iron rings for hanging, signed "DUHAMEL JME", many mounts bearing the crowned C mark
CONDITION: removable top missing, shell veneers with splits and very minor losses, some lifting of brass inlays, some mounts with losses to gilding and minor verdigris, some mount fasteners replaced, some mounts a bit loose, dial good, a few cartouches with hairlines and one with small repair, minute hand repaired, movement with minor spotting and staining, running and striking. The Baltazar family of clock and watch makers were among the most prominent in 18th century France, with Henri Charles being one of the most recognized of this horological dynasty. Francois Duhamel (1723- 1801) became a master of the carpenters and cabinetmakers guild in 1750, and specialized in clock cases.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $1600
DIMENSIONS: 31.75 x 14.75in x 7.5in