Bronze mantel clock

  • 2,750 EUR

Artist/Maker: Honoré Pons

Artist/Maker Dates: 1773 - 1851

Place of Production: France, Paris

Date of Production: 1840s

Materials: bronze, gilding

Width: 25.5 cm.

Depth: 13.0 cm.

Height: 55.0 cm.


Like new

Condition notes: In working condition


Pierre-César Honoré Pons (1773-1851) was a prominent French clockmaker in the 19th century, known for his significant contributions to horology. He began his career in 1798 with the prestigious Lepaute firm and later established his own workshop in Paris in 1803. Pons was a key figure in revitalizing the clockmaking industry in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, a town near Dieppe, which became a major center for clock production under his influence.

In 1807, Pons was commissioned by Napoleon’s Interior Minister to improve the quality of French clock movements. His efforts were widely recognized, and he received numerous gold and silver medals throughout his career. In 1819, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, the highest French order of merit. His clocks are renowned for their precision and artistic design, often incorporating ormolu (gilt bronze) and sometimes malachite.

Pons' work is highly regarded by collectors and connoisseurs, with pieces held in major museums such as the Musée de l'Horlogerie de Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont and the Musée des Arts et Métiers. His clocks are characterized by their technical excellence and aesthetic appeal, often featuring intricate sculptures and detailed craftsmanship.

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