Samuel Marti enamel decorated crystal regulator shelf clock. This clock is a must see.

This is a beautiful and very colorful French Crystal Regulator was made circa 1900. The case is framed in brass and this metal retains it's original gilding. The gilding is in very good original condition. The case is somewhat of an unusual shape. The top and bottom are rounded over giving it a softer feel. These surfaces have been decorated with very colorful enamel inlays. Many of which are a floral themes and swags. The case sits up on applied feet that terminate in small round balls. These feet transition to egyptian revival figure heads. These are very interesting. At the upper four corners of the case are additional applied decorations. These front the four corners. Each of the glass panels feature robust beveled edges. There are two access doors. The back door allows one access to the pendulum and the French made movement. The front door provides access to the dial.

The brass dial is also decorated with enamel and interesting engraved details. The time ring is formatted with large Roman style numerals. These mark the hours and are presented in blue paint. The dial is supported by a decorative bezel. It is sunk in the center. Here the visible escapement is easily viewed. It features pin jewels.

The movement having a Brocot escapement, is brass construction and very good quality. It is designed to run eight full days and strike each hour on a bell mounted to the backplate. This clock will also strike once at each half hour. The back plate of the movement is die stamped by the Maker. It has Samuel Marti's Medaille de Bronze stamp which dates it to approximately 1870. The pendulum hangs from the back of the movement. It is nicely made and shares many of the decorative features found in the case design. The motion of this pendulum can be seen from all four sides of the case.

This case measures approximately 13.75 inches tall, 9 inches wide and 8 inches deep.

This outstanding example must have been manufactured as a special order. This complexity of this example suggests that it was custom made. S. Marti

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