Mantel Clocks


Planchon au Palais Royal

A fine French mantel clock of 8 day duration , striking hourly and half hourly on a small Bell , with an enamelled dial showing Roman numerals and the Makers name with beautiful brass filigree hands , The case is a shell with red ground decorated with Ormalu . ( see close up images ), made by Planchon au Palais Royal circa 1880-90

Mathieu Planchon apprenticed with his father, served several years with other clockmakers including Robert-Houdin and then went into business for himself eventually opening his shop at the Palais Royal in 1890. He was a skilled maker who was influenced by both earlier decorative trends and the ingenious clocks originally designed by Nicolas Grollier De Servierè that were illustrated in DeServierè’s catalog .


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