Small Mahogany French Mantel Clock
A small brass inlaid mahogany mantel clock with an eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half hours on a gong. The French movement is signed on the backplate by the movement maker F. Marti, Medaille d'Or, Paris, 1900 with further stamped initials of the clockmaker D.C. Co.
The five-inch round convex enamel dial has black Roman numerals, blued steel moon hands and a cast brass bezel.
The mahogany case has brass inlay to the front, brass fish scale fretwork to the sides above which are cast cornucopia handles, bun feet and a gadrooned top surmounted by a cast brass pineapple finial.
Height: 15 inches
The Marti family were well-known French clockmakers in the late 1800's. Fritz Marti is recorded as working from 1876 and was originally at Vieux-Charmont. He won the gold medal after showing blancs-roulants (rough clock movements that were supplied to and finished off by other clockmakers to fit into their cases) at the Paris Exhibition of 1900.
Provenance: From the estate of Sir Neville Marriner