A late Louis XVI four-dial skeleton clock signed Gallonier Freres

A late Louis XVI gilt bronze and enamel and white marble
four-dial skeleton clock, signed Gallonier Frères à Nantes – circa 1790

Height: 52 cm. (20 ½ in.)    Width: 28.5 cm. (11 ¼ in.)  Depth: 14 cm. (5 ½ in.)

The upper dial indicates the phases of the moon.

The central dial indicates the date, hours, minutes and seconds, the hours in Roman numerals and the date in Arabic numerals, with pierced and engraved gilt brass and blued steel hands.

The circular movement has an ankle escapement and knife-suspended sun pendulum and chimes the hours and half-hours by means of a count-wheel mounted on the back-plate.

The right-hand dial indicates the month.

The left-hand dial indicates the day of the week with the corresponding planetary symbol.


Comparative Literature

A similar clock is reproduced in J. Ramón Colón de Carvajal, Catálogo de Relojes del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, Editorial du Patrimonio Nacional, 1987, p. 95, no. 78.