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Jean-Baptiste Farine (d. 1777)

Floor standing clock 1735-40

RCIN 2759

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French pedestal clock made of oak veneered tulipwood, purplewood and mahogany and enriched with gilt bronze mounts. On the case the mounts consist of scrolls and swags of drapery supported by two patinated bronze putti. Below the dial is a seated patinated bronze female figure holding a mirror and above a patinated bronze putto blows a trumpet (now missing). The tapering pedestal is decorated with gilt bronze famale masks below a projecting rim. The edges are decorated with foliate scrolls and a chain of imbrecated discs extend to the base which is decorated in the centre with a mask. The pedestal is supported on four lions paw feet.

The original movement was by Jean Baptiste Farine (d.1777). There is also a stamp of François Duhamel (1723-1801), maître in 1750 but this does not correspond with the date of the case c.1735-40. It may be that Duhamel stamped the case when his passed through his hands, either as a dealer or repaurer.

Vulliamy number 903. Described in the Clock Book as 'A pull up Long Clock in an old French case ... For the King' Bill made and dated Dec 31 1825. The clock now has a replacement face and movement installed by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy; the painted dial shows, on the outer chapter, the days of the month, next the months of the year and 5 minute intervals in arabic numbers and the hours in Roman numerals; within the dial at XII is a lunar aperture. The eight day rack striking clock has a weight movement and dead beat escapement.  Pictoral Inventory RCIN 934764