A Louis XVI columnar mantel clock by Osmond
An early Louis XVI gilt bronze column mantel clock by Robert Osmond,
the dial and movement signed J.B. DuTertre à Paris,
the case stamped OSMOND – circa 1770-1775
Height: 34 cm. (13 ½ in.) Width: 15.9 cm. (6 ¼ in.) Depth: 15.9 cm. (6 ¼ in.)
In the form of a truncated column which contains the circular dial with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the minutes indicated by engraved gilt brass handles. The cylindrical movement has an anchor escapement and silk thread suspension and strikes the hours and half-hours by means of a count-wheel on the back-plate.
Robert Osmond, one of three bronziers of this name, was responsible for the design of this model and his drawing is preserved in the Bibliothèque Doucet, Paris (no. 54). A gilded version 12 pouces high cost 198 livres.
The model was clearly popular at the time as a number of examples have survived:
- One signed Gudin illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, 1, Munich, 1986, p. 194, fig. 3.12.3
- One signed Louis Montjoye illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XX Siècle, Paris, 1997, p. 185