SWISS GILT BRONZE CLOCK-TOP ORRERY BY FRANÇOIS DUCOMMUN, CA 1810
SIGNED "FRANÇOIS DUCOMMUN"
A gilt bronze heliocentric clock-top orrery with central sun, orbited by Mercury and Venus, and with orbiting Earth and moon, rotating year calendar with coloured enamel plaques depicting the signs of the zodiac, with removable bell-jar cover (12 inches tall with jar); the whole mounted on a 8 1/4 inch diameter wooden base. Orrery driven by and ivory hand-crank found at side of base. Come chips to edge of bell jar.
see King, Henry C. Geared to the Stars. The Evolution of Planetariums, Orreries, and Astronomical Clocks, pp. 306-307