A Louis XVI two-tone gilt bronze mantel clock

A Louis XVI two-tone gilt bronze mantel clock, 
the dial signed Revel au Palais Royal
and signed on by the enameller Barbichon – circa 1780-1785

The model commercialized by the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre (1725-1796)

Dimensions of clock:
Height: 43.5 cm. (17 ¼ in.) Width: 33.7 cm. (14 ¼ in.) Depth: 13.5 cm. (5 ¼ in.)

Dimensions of marble base:
Height: 4.1 cm. (1 ¾ in.)  Width: 36.6 cm. (14 ½ in.)  Depth:15.6 cm. (6 ¼ in.)


The circular enamel dial indicates the hours and quarters in Arabic numerals by means of engraved gilt brass hands and a polished steel hand for the quarters. The circular movement has an anchor escapement and silk thread suspension and strikes the hours and half hours by means of a count-wheel on the backplate.

This model clock was commercialized by the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre, who sold an example by Lepine in 1791 to Lord Palmerston which is still at Broadlands, near Romsey in Hampshire.


Comparative Literature

Other examples of this model are in different public and private collections:

  • One signed Guydamour à Paris exhibited at the Frick Collection, New York illustrated in French Clocks in North American Collections, New York, 1982, pp. 100-101
  • Another also signed Guydamour sold Christie’s Monaco, 21 June 1998, lot 547, illustrated in P. Kjellberg, L’Encyclopédie de la pendula française du Moyen Age à nos jours, Paris: Editions de l’Amateur, 1997, p. 240, fig. A
  • One signed Drouot à Paris with two-tone gilding illustrated in P. Kjellberg, cit., p. 240, fig. B
  • One in gilt bronze and white marble signed De Belle with an enamel dial signed Dubuisson sold Christie’s New York, 1 November 1990, lot 78