Late 18th century

Arch pendulum clock with skeleton movement of the late 18th century. Apparent movement in chiseled and gilded bronze; it presents four polychrome enamelled dials: at the top, the moon phases, in the center,a dial with the hours, minutes, and the dates of the month. Below 2 other dials indicating the months of the year with the corresponding zodiac signs and the other side the days of the week. The arch is adorned with blue and gold enamelled plates decorated with flowery scrolls and signed by "BRUEL in Paris". It presents a gilt bronze pendulum symbolizing the god Apollo. Columns and white marble base supported by four skates.

Size: H 48.5 cm x W 30cm x D 12cm

BRUEL is an active watchmaker in Paris at the end of the 18th century. His name is found on several arch pendulums with skeleton movement.

A similar model (with 2 dials) in the collections of the Carnavalet museum in Paris and in the Duesberg museum in Mons (Belgium).

The particularity of the skeleton clock is to let see its mechanism on the reverse and through its openwork dial. Heir to the gantry clock, it is usually composed of an arch supporting one or more dials. This form was a great success in the last years of the eighteenth century and into the first half of the nineteenth century because of the desire of watchmakers to demonstrate their mastery, technical progress, as well as in response to the decorative overload of figurative clocks.