|Circa 1880 |
Maker: Attributed to Guilmet.
Case: The gilt-bronze case has decorative volutes incorporating bulrush to the corners, decorative cast panels and a twisted glass rod surrounded by four caryatids that support a decorative shingled dome terminating with a dolphin and spire finial. The whole stands on a shaped Belgian marble base.
Dial: The time dial has a gilt-bronze center, a painted silvered chapter ring, Roman numerals for the hours, steel-cut hands and a simple gilt-bronze bezel with a beveled glass.
The Aneroid barometer has a gilt-bronze center, a silvered engraved chapter ring, the usual barometric indications in French along a millibar scale, a steel-cut indicator hand, a manually adjusted gilt hand and a plain gilt-bronze bezel with beveled glass.
Movement: The time only, spring driven eight day movement has a cylinder escapement and is wound and set for fast/slow and time out the front.
The animation movement is mounted behind the time movement and is wound out the back. Once wound, it spins the twisted glass rod simulating falling water for approximately 6 hours.
Notes: The Wallace Fountains were a gift from Sir Richard Wallace to the city of Paris in 1872. There were 67 of the original design and they were meant to provide free drinking water to those in need during a time of restricted supply. A stream of water, available to all, fell during all but the coldest months.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: gilt-bronze, glass, marble|
|Dimensions: 20.75 in.|
|Primary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Clocks|
|For a similar clock see: Kjellberg, pg.487.|
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121 Mount Vernon, Boston, MA 02108 USA
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