Janvier à Verdun, Movement No. 117, Case No. 117, Height 130 mm, circa 1775
An important miniature "Capucine pendule" with alarm Case: brass, polished, signed, oblong case, glazed side panels, the angles decorated with four vases, bun feet, top part with 1 hammer / 1 bell, blued wall hooks. Dial: applied silver chapter ring with radial Roman hours, silvered mask, central alarm disc with radial Arabic numerals, blued Fleur-de-Lys hands. Movm.: rectangular brass full plate movement, keywind, 2 barrels, special (reel) lever escapement, large three-arm brass balance.
Antide Janvier (1751-1835) He was a famous French clockmaker and author. Janvier gained a reputation as a maker of ingenious and complicated clocks, including many astronomical clocks and clocks showing the tides. He eventually became Louis XVI's royal clockmaker. Source: "Wapedia, Mobile Encyclopedia", http://wapedia.mobi/en/Antide_Janvier, as of 02/04/2011.
This Capucine, like the previous ones, are among the very first works of Antide Janvier. However we can notice that most of them have glazed side doors, with sometimes the dial protected as well by a pane of glass. This specific and original aspect is a kind of style designed by Antide Janvier, easy to identify, which is his own characteristic. The so-called "Antide Janvier style" having different aspects, can be detected all along his production. Source: Michel Hayard, "Antide Janvier", Paris 2011, p. 81
Estimate 25,000 - 30,000 €
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