End of the 18th century

Arch pendulum clock with skeleton movement of the late 18th century. Apparent movement in chiselled and gilded bronze; it presents four polychrome enamelled dials: in the center one with hours, minutes and the month's dates. Below 3 other dials indicating the moon phases, the months of the year and the other side the days of the week. The arch is gilded bronze beautifully worked, the central dial is surrounded by stars on a blue background with a cartridge below signed "Gaston Joly". It presents a pendulum symbolizing the god Apollo. Columns and base in white marble.

Size: H 44cm x W 24.5cm x D 13.5cm

François-Pierre called Gaston Joly, clockmaker, received master on May 6, 1784 and active rue des Arcis then rue Michel le Comte in Paris.

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.