Marble, ormolu, steel, brass, glass and enamel
490 x 340 x 170 mm
Place of origin
ParisOrder this image
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Eight-day French mantel clock in ormolu and white marble case, by J Richard, Paris, c.1790 Two-train, four-pillar, going-barrel, pendule de Paris movement, with anchor escapement and silk pendulum suspension, regulated from a square at XII on the dial. Count-wheel half hour striking on bell. 11cm convex white enamel dial integral with arabic hour numerals and quarters, signed in the centre: “J Richard a Paris”. Pierced gilt-brass hands. White marble case with ormolu mounts. The movement is in an ormolu drum supported by 4 marble pillars with ormolu swags and surmounted by a marble and ormolu urn. Tiered base of white marble with ormolu mouldings. Note: Holes behind the dial reveal that the movement has had another dial at some stage and that the movement and case of this clock are probably not original to one another. The hands are not a pair and the hour hand was originally in the form of a fleur-de-lis and has had its ‘ears’ broken off. The hands are also rather too large to fit behind the glass in its bezel and the door has to be left slightly open to ensure reliable running. Jean-Louis Richard is recorded as a Master in 1776, was working in Cour des Moynes (Paris) in 1781-88 and Abbaye St.Germain in 1789.
Purchased by the National Trust from Lord Cawley in 2001.
Makers and roles
I. Richards, clock maker