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A Louis XV quarter striking ormolu-mounted corne verte bracket clock, Paris, circa 1745
10¾-inch enamel dial signed De Saint Jean A Paris, with Tula cut steel hands, the substantial similarly signed movement with star-cut outside count wheel striking on two bells and with later escapement, the waisted case veneered in green-stained horn and with finely cast and chased rococo mounts, flower trellis frets to the sides; on a conforming bracket, the mounts stamped with the crowned C poinçon.
Clock 100cm. 39¼in. high; Bracket 50cm. 19¼in. high
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Description

This large bracket clock is of the very finest quality.  It is particularly unusual in having cut steel hands which appear to be the work of Russian steel craftsmen of the Tula area south of Moscow. In 1712 Peter the Great established an armoury at Tula which subsequently became renowned for diamond cutting steel to intricate designs.The fact that Tula hands are fitted to this clock may indicate that the original owner was Russian.

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