My own French carved clock. A spectacular mid-1800s French hand carved wood case to die for! The fruit, acanthus and overall decorative carving makes one think of Gueret Freres, one of the finest French firms for carved goods, or even of the all-time Master works of Grinling Gibbons, (1648-1721) Dutch-English carver whose work you've admired in Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, St. Paul's Cathedral and other interior in England. A true work of art, this one has been in my home for some time and it does run but we don't keep it running (husband hates the sounds). The carving is in fine order, as well. This one has been treasured long and well. I have never taken it apart to try to find a maker mark on the clockworks. It is not easily evident as the clock stands. Definitely quality, and it does run. This fine old clock is 26" in height and 17" wide, extends 6" from the wall.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. No breaks in the old wood case. No chips to speak of. Drapes of berries drape and an artichoke is so lifelike, one might wish to pluck it. Such elegant detail! One might consider it would need an adjustment upon arrival if one wanted it to run and be as accurate as these old ones ever can be. Both key and pendulum are intact, included, though I don't see them in our photographer's images (sorry). He's tried to capture the mechanism for your review, and I'm very sorry but am not an expert in clockworks, so I'm not even certain how to describe it to you. Much like those in the old Black Forest clocks. Indices are in Roman numeral, and all are present, lovely. Best of all, it's not just a beauty, it is a functioning clock, yes. The clockmaker who sometimes helps us if a clock is overwound upon arrival tells us that all clocks like this should be adjusted after shipment, so we'll simply pass that along.