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    Arrow Books on early French Pendulum Clocks

    Somebodyin a private e-mail asked me to recommend the best books to identify early French pendulum clocks.

    Thought I would share my reply with the list here:

    To learn about French Clock you really have to look at the French books, and cant rely on the English language literature:


    The two classics are:

    The three volume set by Tardy:

    * Title: Pendule Francaise [La..] I
    SubTitle: 1er Partie: De l'Horloge Gothique a la Pendule Louis XV, [No. 129]
    * Author: [Lengellé, Henri] Tardy
    * Publisher: Tardy
    Keywords: anthology
    Language: FRE
    * Notes: The classic work on French Clocks
    Edition: 1974 No. 129 -- Copyright: 1974
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/Other
    Pages: 224 -- Height in cm: 32
    Print Status: 2 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: fortunat
    BHM ID: 116


    * Title: Pendule Francaise [La..] II
    SubTitle: 2me Partie: Du Louis XVI a nos jours, [No.119]
    * Author: [Lengellé, Henri] Tardy
    * Publisher: Tardy
    Keywords: anthology
    Language: FRE
    Notes: The classic work on French Clocks
    Edition: 1969 No. 119 -- Copyright: 1969
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/Other
    Pages: 272 -- Height in cm: 32
    Print Status: 2 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: fortunat
    BHM ID: 117


    * Title: Pendule Francaise [La..] III
    SubTitle: 3me Partie: Provinces et Etranger, [No.110]
    * Author: [Lengellé, Henri] Tardy
    * Publisher: Tardy
    Keywords: anthology
    Language: FRE
    Notes: The classic French work on French Provincial and non-french Clocks
    Edition: 1964 no 110 -- Copyright: 1964
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: Europe-general
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/Other
    Pages: 226 -- Height in cm: 32
    Print Status: 2 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: fortunat
    BHM ID: 115


    This is out of print and hard to find, a set will cost you over $500, but it is the only comprehnsive publication on the subject.

    There is also a a english translation of only the text of Vol 2 available:

    * Title: French Clocks by Tardy - Part Two- From Louis XVI to the Present Day
    SubTitle: Translated from the French with the assistance of Alexander Ballantyne [No.133]
    * Author: [Lengellé, Henri] Tardy, Alexander Ballantyne[Translator]
    * Publisher: Tardy
    Language: FRE
    Notes: Seperately issued English translation of 2nd Part of Tardy, Pendules Francaises [No.119]. Later this was combined to create English Editions that also included the pictures.
    Edition: 1976, No. 133 -- Copyright: 1976
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 37 -- Height in cm: 32
    Print Status: 2 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: FMM
    BHM ID: 11192

    and I believe at one time there was aslo an english translation of the whole 3 volumes.


    Then there is:

    * Title: Encyclopedie de la Pendule Francaise
    SubTitle: du Moyen Age au Xxe siecle
    * Author: Pierre Kjellberg
    * Publisher: Les editions de l'amateur
    Keywords: history case highgrade advanced
    ISBN: 2 85917 244 0
    Language: FRE
    Notes: extremly comprehensive, encyclopedic book on french clock cases (not horological)
    Edition: 1997 -- Copyright: 1997
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: ArtDesignFashion
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 526 -- Height in cm: 28
    Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    BHM ID: 325

    which is still in print and which is comprehensive.


    The two English titles that are much less thorough are:

    * Title: Early French Pendulum Clocks, 1658-1700 - known as ' Pendules Religieuses '
    * Author: Reinier Plomp
    * Publisher: Interbook
    Keywords: clock pendulum
    Other Keywords: religieuse
    ISBN: 978 90 814896 1 4
    Language: ENG
    Notes: The history of the first 40 years of the French pendulum clock, superb color illustrations and gearing diagrams, includes early Boulle clocks and Tete de Poupee clocks
    Kind: Book
    Type: Clock (general)
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 120
    Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: fortunat
    BHM ID: 14748

    and

    * Title: French Bronze Clocks,1700-1830, A Study of the Figural Images
    SubTitle: With a Directory of 1365 Documented Bronze Tabel Clocks collected by Clemens von Halem
    * Author: Elke Niehüser
    * Publisher: Schiffer
    Keywords: collection catalot von Halen
    Other Keywords: bronze
    ISBN: 0 7643 0943 9 -- Library of Congress: 99-63980
    Language: ENG
    Notes: translated from German (Calley, Die französische Bronzeuhr,..)many color illustrations, bibliography, 70p of cataloge
    Edition: 1999, 1st edition -- Copyright: 1999
    Kind: Book
    Type: Shelf clock
    Geographic area: France
    Topic: History
    Organization: Collection
    Pages: 272 -- Height in cm: 30
    Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    Entered By: FMM
    BHM ID: 38


    But these two English language books are much more superficial than the French titles above


    Hope this is helpfull
    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, -Chair NAWCC Library Com./ Editor & Publisher of BHM
    Mem.NAWCC Mus.Coll.Com. / VP, USA Sect. Antiq.Horolog.Soc.

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    Default Re: Books on early French Pendulum Clocks (By: Fortunat Mueller-Maerki)

    Fortunat,

    Maybe you can help me. I've been frustrated in finding any information on this French clockmaker. The clock is signed on the dial and the movement DARCQ A Paris.

    Tardy's Dictionnaire does not list him.

    It is a Cartel clock... cc 1750-60 or so.

    Thanks , Ralph
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    Default Re: Books on early French Pendulum Clocks (By: Fortunat Mueller-Maerki)

    Hello Fortunat and other lovers of early French clocks,

    Thank you for this excellent and detailed information on early French clocks. Yes, I see this is an old post, but a good one. I found the Tardy book for the earliest clocks, but cannot find the Plomp book anywhere, not even a digital copy. Can anyone help?

    I keep finding people referring to Early French Pendulum Clocks, 1658-1700 by Reinier Plomp, but all I can find is a table of contents online.

    I have an early Boulle clock by Gosselin I would like to know more about, especially the date it was made. It has parallel sides with rounded top. Fairly simple for a Paris clock so perhaps 1700 or 1710? The dial is engraved with all 60 minutes.

    Anybody know where the Plomp book can be found, in print or digital?

    Kind regards,
    ~Dean Paul Terry
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    Default Re: Books on early French Pendulum Clocks (By: Dean Terry)

    Hi Dean
    I have just gone to the addALL book search engine (used books) and it found 2 copies, both ,I think, in Germany,
    (May 2017)
    David

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    Default Re: Books on early French Pendulum Clocks (By: Fortunat Mueller-Maerki)

    Hi Dean,

    I purchased a copy from Eward Ruyter.

    www.ewardruyter.be

    Its a great book although your clock is outside the period which is described in the book as it stops at 1700. There aren't any clocks of the style of your clock in the book.

    Cheers
    Dean

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    Default Re: Books on early French Pendulum Clocks (By: daveR)

    You might try the Museum of the Dutch Clock in Zaanse Schans, Zaan Dam; that's where I got my copy:
    http://zaandam.klokkenmuseum.info/
    Reinier Plomp is a trusteee of the museum. The curator, Pier van Leeuven, speaks good English, but not everyone there does, so don't call at lunch time!
    BTW, did you know that there is an elaborate French dessert, also domed (in chocolate) and also called a Religieuse? Like you, I've also been searching for a local source....
    Last edited by Bill Ward; 06-11-2017 at 05:13 PM.

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