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French  porcelain vase clock. This rare French porcelain vase clock with applied Bisque swags and garlands by Niederviller has white enameled annular dials with Roman hour and Arabic minute markings. The front and back are each decorated with different glazed enamel scenes of castles, lakes, and mountains.

The eight-day movement, which is visible by lifting the ornate top, strikes a bell on the hour and half-hour. The maker has engraved HR, surrounded by a diamond, on the back plate.

The movement has been recently cleaned and serviced by Gerald Marsh in Winchester, England, and is in good working order. There are no cracks or chips on the porcelain and no evidence of repair. A similar clock can be found on page 288, photo #6, of “La Pendule Francaise” by Tardy.

Circa 1840

Dimensions: 14”(34cm) high, 5 1/2”(14cm) diameter

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In the mid-1700s, porcelain became so popular among the nobility that aristocrats began sponsoring their own manufactories. Jean-Louis Beyerlé, an advisor to the king, founded one such operation at Niderviller in 1748, developing it out of an earlier faience-making business. The new enterprise initially drew its workers and stylistic inspiration from a neighboring concern in Strasbourg, which produced ceramic wares in the Rococo taste. At Niderviller, the workers modified the bright Strasbourg palette, making it softer.

Because of its unique location in the duchy of Lorraine—where it was exempt from French laws designed to protect the royal monopoly of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory—Niderviller flourished for nearly twenty years, unlike other French porcelain manufactories. When the Duke of Lorraine died in 1766, the territory reverted back to the French crown, and the manufactory was then subject to new, even tighter restrictions on production and decoration. In 1772 Beyerlé sold the factory to a French count.


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