Item # LFALO647
A stunning 18th century French longcase clock that was submitted by a compagnon or journeyman to prove his competency in order to become a member of the Corporation des Menuisiers-Ébénistes, a French furniture makers guild . To earn the title of master, each journeyman had to create a chef-d’oeuvre, or masterpiece, that would be submitted to the guild for approval. If successful, the journeyman would receive the rank of master. This magnificent, very graceful clock features elements typical of the Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Directoire periods.
The solid walnut case was handcrafted with a typical Louis XV chapeau de gendarme cornice over the dial case. The elegant ribbon and wreath motif is from the Louis XVI period. The dial case houses an enameled dial with Roman numerals and stamped brass hands. Pediment fronton of thin repousse depicts a Louis XIV sunburst. The lower case features beehive marquetry and also displays a carved Louis XIV sunburst. The whole resting on a Directoire base with fruitwood parquetry.
h - 93"
w - 24"
d - 12.5"
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