Sale 644 Lot 38
A French Gilt Bronze and Marble Mantel Clock with a Decimal and Conventional Dial
the circular enameled dial with inner numerals from 1 to 5 and outer numerals from 1 to 12, the movement striking on a bell with a silk suspension, the dial set on and flanked by foliate scrolls, the shaped base cast to show addorsed recumbent goats terminating in six paw feet, further over a rectangular base ending in toupie feet.
Height 19 x width 15 7/8 inches.
The Time Museum, Rockford, Illinois, Inventory No. 120
The French Republican or French Revolutionary calendar, also known as "decimal time," was used by the French government for approximately 12 years, from late 1793 through 1805.
Gilt decoration bright. Top elements and back cover detached but retained. Small hairline cracks to enamel dial between 11:00 and 12:00. Two keys present but they do not fit the aperatures on dial to wind the works. Works appear intact and take a wind. Silk thread deteriorated, unable to run works. Appears to take a wind and strike on the half-hour and hour. Additional images available upon request.