An exquisite ornamental bronze pendulum clock in Louis XVI style: "Pacing Lion" with half hour/hour strike
Case: gilt and patinated cast-bronze, rectangular protruding marble base, gilded plinth with ornamental frieze; a pacing patinated bronze lion wears a saddle pad on which he carries a barrel shaped clock decorated with laurel and crowned by a vase; at his feet are a helmet and a shield. Bezel with bead and reel ornamentation.
Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, gilt Louis XVI hands.
Movement: round brass full plate movement, gilt, 1 hammer, 1bell, platform with lateral, lever escapement, screw compensation balance.
"Vincenti & Cie" Jean (Ghjuvanni - Giovanni) Vincent, a native of Corsica, established the watch manufactory "Vincent & Cie." in 1823 in Montbeliard. Due to financial difficulties a few years later, the company had to file for bankruptcy 1828.
Factory manager Jean Albert Roux took over some of Vincent's shares and "Vincent & Cie." were able to resume production in 1829. Despite suffering from ill-health, company founder Vincent went out to seek new production methods. He met Henri Laresche in Paris, who became his advisor in this matter. Six years after the bankruptcy the company was able to win a silver medal for its clocks in 1834 in Paris. Jean Vincent did not live to see the comeback - he died in 1833. After his death Albert Roux took over the company which went on to win a gild medal in 1855. "Vincent & Cie" existed until 1923.
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