French Brass Shelf Clock with Porcelain Panels and dial signed Mermod Jaccard & Co., St. Louis & Paris.
This very colorful crystal regulator features a traditional brass frame structure that is fitted with porcelain panels instead of glass. The case is raised up on four pad feet. Fluted columns that feature Corinthian capitals secure the panels which make up the sides of the case. The panels are Serves style porcelain and are signed "H. Desprez" The art work of H. Desprez is often found displayed on urns of the period. These panels feature charming scenes of a wine cellar. They are very colorful. The front and back of this case are fitted with access doors. The glass located here is beveled on the edges. The rear door is frosted. The front door protects the dial which has a time ring of 4.5 inches in diameter. This dial is painted onto the panel and features a single cartouche for each hour. The hours are marked with Arabic numerals. The movement is constructed in brass. The plates are square and the back plate is die stamped "A1" in an oval. This spring powered movement is designed to run eight days and strike each hour on a wire gong located inside the case. It will also strike once on the half hour.
This slightly oversized case measures approximately 13 inches tall, 8.75 wide and 6.75 deep. The clock was made circa 1890.
Condition: In my opinion, this fine example is absent of any significant repairs or restorations. The case has been recently polished and lacquered. The movement has been fully serviced and is in excellent working order.The firm Mermod Jaccard & Co., was formed in 1864 when E. Jaccard merged with A. S. Mermod. Their first location was in St. Louis, Missouri at the corner of Fourth Street and Locusts Street. Due to their success, they opened satellite locations in Paris, Vienna, London, Birmingham and Sheffield. They advertised their St. Louis store as "The Grandest Jewelry Establishment in the World." The Paris shop was located at No. 32 Faubourg Poissionniere, where Mr. Versepuy, a most expert connoisseur, was responsible for keeping tabs on the international diamond market for them, and had the responsibility to select all their clocks and objects d'art from the Paris markets. An interesting note is that in 1904, this firm designed the medals for the 1904 Olympics.
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