An identical model (with the chimera and the sphere) was sold at Sotheby's in Monaco on February 3, 1983, lot 511.
Jean-Baptiste Baillon III, watchmaker received master in 1727.
Without exception the most important clockmaker of his lineage, Jean-Baptiste Baillon III was a great success. He became Premier Valet de Chambre de la Reine in 1748 and his clientele included amongst others the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne and the Spanish Royal Family. His clock cases were supplied by the greatest craftsmen of his day including amongst others, the Caffieris and JJ de Saint-Germain. Jean-Baptiste Baillon III used to number the movements of his watches and clocks and by the time he retired during the latter part of 1772, his clock movements reached number 3808.
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