Clock case created by Adrien-Jérôme Jollain
Clock case decorated all over with hand-painted polychrome flowers on a red ground. An open foliate scroll mount surmounts the clock over applied scrolls raised on tall feet; the pendulum aperture is framed by further strap-and scroll-work.
The bronzes are fire-chiselled and of exceptional execution quality.
The white enamel Roman and Arabic dial with tapering gilt hands, the rectangular movement with four pinned pillars, verge escapement with silk suspension and outside count wheel strike with a star-shaped centre.
Although the movement of this splendid clock is not signed, the case was created by the Parisian clocks cabinetmaker Adrien-Jérôme Jollain.
Adrien-Jérôme Jollain cabinetmaker
Adrien-Jérôme Jollain (maître 1763 d. 1788), one of the most important clock cabinetmakers of the time, established his atelier in the cloister of St. John Lateran. He came from a family of clockmakers and specialized in clock cases. He served his apprenticeship as an ébéniste and was received as maître in August of 1763 and, after that, like Balthazar Lieutaud, specialized in making clock cases.
Like other Parisian ébénistes of the period who also focused solely on the production of clock cases.