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Object Name Clock, Shelf
Catalog Number 1997.40
Collection Timepiece
Other Name bracket clock
Date c. 1860
Description c. 1860
Reproduction French Bracket clock made in the Religieuse style. Case of red tortoise shell veneer with brass inlay on blackened oak. Red velvet lining on the dial plate with an engraved brass. Nineteenth century French movement with count wheel strike, anchor recoil escapement, square plates.

Maker Maker Unknown
Material wood, tortoise shell, brass, velvet
Place of Origin France
Notes The Religieuse style was popular in France under Louis XIV (1643-1715), well known for constructing the Palace of Versailles. It isn't surprising that this style mimicked the opulence and ornate craftsmenship seen elsewhere during his reign, featuring ebony or tortoise shell veneers, bress or pewter inlays, and gilt-bronze decoration (called ormolu).