A French bracket or mantel clock with a red Boulle facade inlaid with brass scroll work. The enamel cartouche signed "Ourry / AParis."

This nicely decorated clock was made in Paris by “Ourry.” The clock’s construction and design suggests that is was made circa 1680. It is technically called a Pendule Religieuse. The case is constructed in wood. Most of the surfaces are treated in an ebonized finish. The front facade is decorated with Boulle work. This area is also inlaid with brass and pewter scroll work. The case is elevated on four turned wooden feet. These are applied to a molded base molding. The front of the case is fitted with a door that opens to access the dial. The glass is trimmed with a brass beaded work. The sides of the case are fitted with tombstone shaped windows. The back is fitted with a door that allows one access to the movement and pendulum. The top of the case features an arched top framed with shaped moldings and flanking plinths. Three turned wooden finials surmount the case.

The dial plate is lined with a deep blue velvet cloth. The brass work is applied to the dial sheet over the velvet for contrast. The time ring is engraved. The outer band are the minutes. These are indicated in an Arabic form. Large Roman style numerals depict the hours. An interior minute ring frames the hours. This ring is closed and features a trefoil at the half-hour intervals. The hour and minute hands feature a fancy deign. These are cast in brass. Below the time ring is a gilt brass mount consisting of a balustrade depicted on a molded base. This design features a foliate ornamented S scrolls, two putti figures and a centrally mounted cartouche of enamel marked “Ourry / A Paris.”

The rectangular shaped movement features brass plates that are supported with five baluster formed pillars. The gearing is brass and the pinions are steel. This is a spring powered clock and the springs are fitted into the two large barrels. The escapement is a recoil design and the pendulum swings at the back of the movement. The strike train features a rack and snail. The hours are struck a bell mounted above the movement. The back plate is engraved with the Maker’s name in large lettering.

This case is approximately 19.25 inches tall, 10.25 inches wide and 5 inches deep.


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