Arsène Margaine: An Engraved Carriage Clock with Porcelain Panels
An engraved porcelain panelled Corniche carriage clock by Arsène Margaine, Paris.
The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with the backplate stamped with the Margaine trademark, the initials A.M. either side of a beehive, along with the serial number 5428 and typical Margaine hand setting arrow and regulation index markings.
The decorative porcelain dial has black Roman hour numerals with the centre painted with a garden tableau, whilst below the dial a young couple are depicted in a field, the girl having released a white dove.
The Corniche case is fully engraved with floral and rococo decoration, with the porcelain side panels decorated with rural settings showing a maiden carrying flowers and clothing to one side, and a well-dressed young man sitting upon a fence looking into the distance on the other, both on blue ground with applied half-round white beaded decoration.
For a comprehensive history of Margaine, his clocks and working practices see Antiquarian Horology, the journal of the Antiquarian Horological Society, June 2014, pages 807 to 826 inclusive; The Horological World of Francois Arsène Margaine by Tom Wotruba.