This is an important 19th Century ( c 1889) French green onyx mantel clock surmounted by an Ernest Jjustin Ferrand spelter sculpture entitled “Improvisateur”. The case of the clock is in translucent green onyx with stunning reflections when hit by light. The case stands on period ormolu scrolls terminating in paw feet. The round French brass movement is signed L. Marti et Cie in the Medaille D’ Argent 1889 mark and stamped Made in Paris. There is a serial number 2474 55 stamped on the case which is matched by the pendulum same serial number. The movement is an eight day, striking the half hour and the hours on a bell. The mechanism is protected and concealed by a round brass pierced hinged door. The exceptional porcelain front face is adorned with striking period artwork with Arabic numerals. This work is attributed to "Charles Hall" who collaborated with L. Marti to give finishing touches to the dials of his clocks. The clock has nicely fretted brass hands. The clock face has a very ornate ormolu bezel and a hinged door with bevelled lens.
L Marti et Cie were well known makers of clocks mechanisms and worked with two other well known Paris based clock makers, Roux and Japy Freres.
In full period style the clock is surmounted by an Ernest Justin Ferrand spelter sculpture entitled the “Improvisateur”. The sculpture is signed at the bottom and has a metal label with the title of the sculpture and the name of the artist. The French sculptor Ernest Justin Ferrand was born in 1846 and died in 1932. He studied under Levasseur and Moreau and became a member of Artistes Francais in 1891.
This is indeed an important and unique French clock that seldom becomes available due to its rarity and combination of materials and style. It is an elegant piece ready to grace your home.
Clock with sculpture: H: 50 cm (19 ¾ inches); W: 28 cm (11 inches); D: 14 cm (5.5 inches)
Dial: 9.5 cm (3 ¾ inches)
Sculpture: 31 cm (12 inches)
Wind up key included.