Étienne Le Noir was the patriarch of a dynasty of French clockmakers who specialized in movements for clocks with lavishly decorated cases for royal and aristocratic patrons. This clock is unique in having its case made of porcelain rather than more typical gilded bronze, and there are only two other surviving examples of wall clocks with Chantilly porcelain cases. The figures imitate Japanese porcelain, as was quite usual at the Chantilly porcelain factory.
Signature: Signed on dial: .ESTIENNE · LE NOIR. .A PARIS·
Signed on back plate of movement: Etienne LeNoir / AParis
Lady Margaret Fortescue (until 1966; sale, Christie's, London, March 28, 1966, lot 145; removed from Castle Hill, Devon); F. P. Victoria ; Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (until 1982; to MMA)
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