UNUSUAL ANTIQUE FRENCH CLOCK WITH A PETRIFIED WOOD FACE
Height: 7½ inches / 19 cm
Width: 10½ inches / 26.6 cm
Stock number: GR7088/0121
A very unusual antique French mantel clock with a petrified wood face, the clock mechanism is a lever balance and was made by S. Marti et Cie whose reproduction of his bronze medal from 1860 is stamped to the back, along with the serial number 12587.
Samuel Marti et Cie
A renowned clockmaker in Paris in the second half of the 1800s, Samuel Marti established his business in 1841 in Montbéliard, in Doubs, a department in northeast France that was the birthplace of many of the most prestigious clockmakers. Marti exhibited his clocks regularly at expositions in Paris, where he won a Mention of Honour in 1839, a Bronze Medal in 1860, a Silver Medal in 1889, and several Gold Medals (1841, 1851, 1852, 1900). A reproduction of the Bronze Medal from 1860 was added to the company’s creations from 1867 to 1900. During the 1860s he collaborated with another two celebrated French clockmakers: Roux and Japy Frères.