Antique Empire Style Antique Portico clock in the style of Empire, France 19th c., mahogany veneer, the dial sign. 'Caius Fraumont a Paris', the movement is tested and signed 'Medaille da Bronze Pons 1823. Cabinet Maker: Pigneret. Mahogany, bronze, gold-plated, brass, metal France, c. 1840
Wooden case stamped ‘Pigneret’
Pigneret mentioned in the Almanch Général de la France 1839 p. 166 as Fabricant de Pendules in Paris, (Fourgy St Antoine 14)
Honoré Pons (1773-1851) – Paris clock maker and inventor
Movement signed ‘Pons’ and numbered ‘234B3’; dial inscribed ‘Caius Fraumont a Paris’; Circular brass movement; spring driven, Amant escapement,
8 day running duration
Count wheel half-hour striking mechanism on bell, spring suspension, compensation pendulum with large bob
Silver-guilloche dial with black Roman hour-markers, outer minute ring, Breguet-hands
Upon stepped, rectangular base four columns with bases and capitals are supporting the clockwork as well as the protruding, stepped architrave
Embellished throughout with style-typical decorative trims
A winding key is included
Dimensions: 23 3/4" x 12.5"x 7 3/4".
Functional; very good condition, consistent with age
Completely overhauled, polished and cleaned in July 2018. Face & Pendulum Cleaned and Hand painted along. See Detail Images.
Honoré Pons (1773-1851)
The watchmaker and inventor was born in 1773 in Paris as son of music instrument maker César Pons. He absolved his education as pupil of Antide Janvier and he quickly acquired a reputation as competent watchmaker. In 1803 he established his own business. Several years later, Pons was appointed by France’s Minister of the Interior, Jean-Baptiste de Nompère de Chamapgny, to halt the decline of the watchmaking industry in Saint-Nicholas d'Aliemont. With his help, some transformations and the formation of a guild, it was possible to reestablish the French watch industry and so manufacture and export of clock was saved. Over the years, the watchmaker was awarded several medals, e.g. he won two silver medals in 1819 and in 1834 a gold medal for his outstanding movements and escapements. Pons was furthermore appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1819 and remained active within the watch industry until 1847.