Elegantly proportioned Oval Four Glass striking mantle clock c1875. The clock is in an oval brass case with plinth and cornice mouldings. Curved bevelled glass panels. It has a stepped, white enamelled dial with black roman numerals and blued steel hands. Brass winding bezels and exposed ruby pin palleted deadbeat escapement. Copper coloured bezel. An 8-day movement striking the hours and half hour on a bell. Twin-flask mercury compensated pendulum. Backplate stamped with S. Marti et Cie bronze medal awarded 1860. Supplied with key. The clock measures 29.5 cm in height, 19 cm width and 14.5 cm depth. Excellent time-keeper. Watch a short video of it striking (above).
Fully cleaned and serviced but retaining its antique brass patina. The clock's movement is covered by a 6-month warranty in the UK.
Samuel Marti (born 1811 Langenthal, Bern) moved to Montbéliard, France in 1830. Along with two business partners, he founded S. Marti & Cie in 1832 – becoming sole owner in 1841. From 1863 Marti & Cie worked closely with Japy Freres & Cie and A Roux & Cie (Vincenti & Cie), setting up a business based in Paris to market their clock movements. Initially based at Le Pays de Montbeliard – from 1870 they are known to be based at Rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris. The company won medals at various Paris exhibitions (1860 Bronze: 1889 Silver: 1900 Gold: 1931 Grand Prix). Collaboration between the companies continued with members of the Japy family directing the company following Samuel Marti’s death in 1869. Samuel Augustus Marti (born 1857) took over the management of the company around 1890. The Japy and Marti families remained close – with Samuel Augustus’ son, André Samuel Jules Marti (1890-1958) marrying Jenny Alice Japy, a descendant of Auguste Julien Japy.
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French Oval Four Glass Striking Mantle Clock by S. Marti c1875
This clock is in excellent working order and in good overall condition commensurate with age. No chips, cracks or any damage to the dial or glass panels. Clean mercury tubes. Brass case has areas where it is surface etched from the application of its original gilt finish (no longer present) together with age related patina. Remains a very lovely piece. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.