Arsène Margaine, Paris - A Miniature Corniche Carriage Clock
An engraved porcelain panelled Corniche carriage clock by Arsène Margaine, Paris. The eight-day duration movement
strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with the backplate stamped with the Margaine trademark, the initials A.M.
either side of a beehive, along with the serial number 5428 and typical Margaine hand setting arrow and regulation index
markings. The decorative porcelain dial has black Roman hour numerals with the centre painted with a garden tableu,
whilst below the dial a young couple are depicted in a field, the girl having released a white dove. The Corniche case is fully
engraved with floral and rococo decoration, with the porcelain side panels decorated with rural settings showing a maiden
carrying flowers and clothing to one side, and a well-dressed young man sitting upon a fence looking into the distance on
the other, both on blue ground with applied half-round white beaded decoration.
Height: 6½ inchesNote: Images show clock prior to restoration; updated photos will be posted in the near future.Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below
For a comprehensive history of Margaine, his clocks and working practices see Antiquarian Horology, the journal of the
Antiquarian Horological Society, June 2014, pages 807 to 826 inclusive; The Horological World of Francois Arsené Margaine by
Francois Arsène Margaine was a fine carriage clock maker who worked in Paris at rue Bondy, 54 having had various addresses in the city. He bought his blancs roulants from both Saint Nicolas d'Aliermont and the Franche Comte.