History of our pendule de Paris

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  1. Marc in York UK

    Marc in York UK Registered User

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    #1 Marc in York UK, Jun 24, 2020
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    Can anyone throw more light on the age and provenance of our white marble mantel clock?

    The movement is stamped by Japy Freres et Cie for the grande medaille d'honneur at the 1855 exhibition. The clock face, in roman numerals, is marked Yates a Paris.

    It has a small retard and advance mechanism above the XII. Both the movement and the pendulum bob are stamped with the serial number 2384, and the back plate also has L stamped above the serial number and 6 close to the bottom edge.

    It rings the hour and half-hour with a mechanism wound separately.

    It is running nicely in beat now that it is properly level, and keeps good time for a clock of this age and type.

    Am I right in thinking it is quite unusual? I haven't seen another one from this era that is so plain and lacking in ornament.

    I very much look forward to hearing from anyone who knows about the development of these clocks.

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  2. zedric

    zedric Registered User
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    The French Marble Clock by Nicolas Thorpe is the reference book for these, and is relatively cheap. But yes, they are usually more decorative than this - I think the feature here is simply the use of white stone (is it marble?)
     
  3. Ticktocktime100

    Ticktocktime100 Registered User

    Hi,

    Your clock does indeed have a white marble case - I wouldn't go as far as calling such cases unusual or rare, but they are indeed less common than the black marble cases. It was made in the 1880-1900 bracket. The movement was indeed manufactured by Japy Frères, and Yates à Paris is the retailer.

    Regards.
     
  4. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    The only unusual thing about it is the colour of the case, white ones are not common, it's a nice clock. According to Thorpe that logo was used up until around 1888.
     
  5. Marc in York UK

    Marc in York UK Registered User

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    Thankyou Zedric for making me stop to think about the "white marble" before trying to clean off the dirt and stains. To judge by the surface scratch next to the hinge of the front glass, it could be alabaster. I have been looking at the very useful threads from a few years ago which point out the characteristics of marble, alabaster etc. It hadn't occurred to me that anyone would make a clock case out of a material as soft as alabaster, but it turns out that French makers did use it.

    Best wishes, Marc
     
  6. Curtis Brown

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    I just bought a very similar one myself. A Japy Freres "Exhibition" clock. Mine is black slate and even less ornamented than yours. It's actually a silk suspension version, time only. Exactly the same makers mark. A different serial number but in the same three locations.

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  7. jmclaugh

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    Another nice one, quite a similar case but a timepiece and silk suspension from or post 1855.
     
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