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Monumental Charles X Quarter-Striking Double-Sided Ormolu Portico Clock by Piolaine a Paris, Dated 1828.

Maker(s):  Piolaine a Paris
Date: Dated 1828
Materials/Techniques:    Gilt-Bronze
Dimensions: h 31.0 "
w 15.0 "
d 8.5 "

Origin: France
Inventory #:
Engraved "Piolaine a Paris, Novembre 1828, Rue St. Denis No. 398".

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Movement:  Double-sided (two clock faces) quarter-striking two week movement, pinwheel escapement, blued steel strike-work.  Strikes quarters and hours on two bells above, with three winding barrels (engraved with maker and date).  Dials with sweep second hands, date apertures with engraved 31-day calendar wheels.

Maker:  Michel-Francois Piolaine was the son and nephew of noted horologists.  He is listed as working on Rue St. Denis in 1815, and after the death of his father in 1810, his mother continued the shop at Veuve Piolaine Horlogere on the Rue des Gravilliers.  Mother and son worked together until her death around 1837.  In 1835 M.F. Piolaine patented a mechanism that simulated the motion of a ship at sea.  The elder Piolaine became a master in 1787 (in partnership with Kinable) and many of his clocks can be found in museums, including the Red Room and the White House.  Many of his clock cases were supplied by the well-know bronziers Galle and Reiche.  Given the high quality of the casting and gilding of the present clock, there is little doubt that this massive case was most likely supplied by one of the top makers of this day.