Lot No. 247 (95th Auction)
Louis Ourry à Paris, 130 mm, 1900 g, circa 1680

An important, one handed repeating coach clock with half hour/hour self strike and alarm
Case: bronze, firegilt, rear bell. Dial: white chapter ring, central turnable gilt alarm disc. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 3 barrels, 2 hammers, verge escapement, locking plate, applied blued iron click work, four-arm steel balance.

The back is decorated with an engraved archiepiscopal crest above a coat of arms crowned with the coronet of a marquess and three castle towers. It is most likely that this piece comes from the property of Archbishop and Count Louis Joseph de Chateauneuf Comte de Rochebonne (1685-1729). The way this watch has been carefully finished with a beautiful movement with delicately executed locking mechanisms, blued ornaments and an exquisite open-work barrel for the striking mechanism is proof that it was custom-made for an important dignitary. Equally remarkable is the gilt brass alarm disc with exquisite floral engraving in the centre of the dial.

Louis Ourry was born in Blois as son of Jacques, an apothecary and his wife Marie Lepelletier. He became a master in Paris and worked at the Quai Pelletier in 1684. After his death in 1699 his widow Suzanne Guineaui is listed in the records at Quai des Orfèvres in the Ville de Blois, where she continued her late husband’s business. During an inventory of her premises in December 1700, as many as 17 clocks were found to be in violation of the sumptuary edict - Ourry had often used cases by A.C. Boulle for his clocks and counted important customers such as président de Montholon among his clientele.
Estimate  20,000 - 30,000 €

Price Realised  22,400 €
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