Wall and Console Clocks

Musical console clock

    Musical console clock

    the 1720-1740s

    Pierre Rousseau

    Bronze, steel, brass, glass, wood; painting, gilding, casting, mechanical work

    96 x 47 x 21 cm, 22 kg

    On the dial: "Pierre Rousseau, Paris"


    Clock in wooden ornately shaped case with floral patterns on red lacquer coating is mounted on a tapering down console and form a single ensemble.

    The clock and console curved edges are decorated with openwork cast gilded elements in the form of laurel garlands, acanthus leaves, curls and ribbons. The Greek style gilded vase with handles and a pinecone on the top crowns the clock upper part. A composition comprised of laurel leaves and volutes surrounding a mascaron is beneath the vase. Four feet on which the case rests are formed by molded gilded elements in the form of acanthus leaves and fragments of a meander decorated with pinecones. Acoustic windows are made in the case sides. They are closed with delicate polished lattices.

    A glazed door in the form of molded composition of laurel garlands, leaves and musical trophies is on the front side. It covers the dial and musical movement. Roman numerals marking hours, and minutes’ scale with Arabic numerals every fifth division are on round white enamel dial. Two openwork gilded hands indicate hours and minutes; two apertures with square turn-key pins serve for winding the clock and chime. The clock movement is pendulum, with cylinder escapement, two spring engines, a power reserve for eight days, a quarter chime on two bells with two hammers.