Eight-day French mantel clock in glazed ormolu and white marble case, by Mignolet, 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 o’clock on the dial. Stamped on the backplate: “F”. Count-wheel half hour striking on bell. 12cm convex white enamel dial with arabic numerals, and quarters, signed in the dial centre: “Mignolet / A Paris”. Pierced gilt-brass hands. Rectangular glazed ormolu case with a balustrade around the top, cast ormolu fret around the dial and white marble base with beaded moulding and four ormolu feet. Note: The silk pendulum suspension has been moved up at some stage. The minute hand was originally of the fleur-de-lis form and has had its ‘ears’ removed. Joseph Mignolet was a Master in 1786 and worked in rue St Honore, Paris between 1789 and 1790.
Purchased by Digby 2.6.1951; Bequeathed to the National Trust by Mrs C.V.Lawson.
Marks and inscriptions
Mignolet, Paris (dial)
Makers and roles
Mignolet , clock maker