J.-B. Diette Collection
Tardy, La Pendule Française 2me Partie, Du Louis XVI à noue jours par Tardy, Paris, 1975, p. 353 (illustration).
A superb late 18th Century Revolution gilt bronze and white marble striking skeleton clock with Revolutionary time and remontoire by Julien Beliard, the enamels by Joseph Coteau
Paris, date 1794
Height 42 cm, width 26.6 cm, depth 13.5 cm
With ribbon tied finial above the moonphase and age of moon dial, the part skeletonised hour dial with Arabic hours and minutes, pierced gilt hands, a steel seconds hand and a further steel hand to revolutionary/republican calendar to the border (1-30) and with ten day week to the inner edge; 'PRIMIDE; DUODI; TRIDI; QUARTIDE; QUINTIDI; SEXTIDI; SEPTIDI; OCTIDI; NUNIDI; DECADI', signature plaque below 'Julien Beliard', the lower dial with further revolutionary/republican indications below for hours (1-10), minutes (1-100) and months 'JANV - PLUVIOSE, FEVR - VENTOSE, MARS - GERMINAL, AURI - FLOREAL, MAI - PRAIRIAL, JUN - MESSIDOR, JUIL - THERMIDOR, AOUS - FRUCTIDOR, SEPT - VENDEMIARE, OCTO - BRUMAIRE, NOVE - PRIMAIRE, DECE - NIVOSE', signed 'Coteau' to rear, the twin train movement with weight driven going train and remontoire, pin-wheel and balance escapement mounted to the marble plinth, the strike train with spring barrel and countwheel strike to bell, the plinth with painted floral ornament and beaded border.