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A French Louis XV ormolu mounted corne verte bracket clock, signed on the backplate Gille AParis, c. 1740. The waisted case is of typical design, is veneered with green horn, and richly embellished with ormolu appliques in scroll, leaf and floral motifs, the whole surmounted by a floral and foliate mount. The sides have glazed windows, whilst the case rests with scroll feet on a matching ogee-shaped bracket with similar mounts. The twenty-five piece ornate ormolu dial, diameter 24 cm., has blue Roman hour numerals on medallion-shaped cartouches and blued-steel, shaped hands. The spring-driven rectangular plated movement with five knobbed pillars is of 8-day duration, has a tic-tac escapement, a silk-suspended pendulum and half-hour count-wheel striking on a bell. • Height: 111 cm. • The maker, Guillaume Gille, was married to Antoinette Letellier, called Leblond. He worked for members of the nobility. • Literature: J.-D. Augarde, Les Ouvriers du Temps, Antiquorum, 1996, p. 323.



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