An early Louis XVI mantel clock representing War and Peace after a design by Vion
An early Louis XVI gilt bronze mantel clock
representing War and Peace, the model by François Vion,
signed Louis Montjoye à Paris – circa 1770-1775
Height: 27.3 cm. (10 ¾ in.) Width: 21.5 cm (8 ½ in.) Depth: 10.5 cm. (4 ¼ in.)
The enamel dial bearing the signature, with Roman numerals indicating the hours and Arabic numerals the minutes with pierced and engraved gilt brass hands. The circular movement engraved with the signature has an anchor escapement and silk-thread suspension and strikes the hours and half-hours by means of a count-wheel mounted on the back-plate.
The model of this clock is based on a design for a “pièce de bureau” by the bronzier, François Vion which is no. 18 of a group conserved in the Bibliothèque Doucet, Paris (illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 180, no. 3.7.8).