This French mantle clock, in the style of the Louis XIII period but likely made between 1660 and 1700, is an original from the workshop of the masterful Parisian clockmaker Antoine Gaudron. His sons, one of whom (Pierre) was eventually named a master clockmaker of the Paris guild and watchmaker to the King, may have been involved in the assembly of the final piece. Gaudron clocks reflect the family’s notable contributions in the way of innovation and craftsmanship.
This particular Boulle work clock is no exception. The case is made of thin cast bronze with a red tortoise shell inlay over a wooden frame. Additional bronze castings are attached about the case. This clock is a perfect example of Gaudron’s masterfully intricate detail work (both outside and inside).