This clock was made for the great English collector Alfred Morrison; the designer, Lucien Falize, later proudly displayed it in the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. The historical revival case has the form of a late Gothic tower, decorated elaborately with sculptural and architectural motifs. Its craftsmanship confirmed Falize’s reputation as an enameler and a jeweler. The clock’s movement is by Le Roy et Fils, a Paris firm with a London branch that held a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.
Signature:  L. FALIZE./INV.&./EXECVT/Paris/1881 (on lapis panel to right of plinth with initials JR)  L. Chedeville sculp. (on molding below enamel depicting Law, on front)  LE ROY ET FILS/Horologers/fournisseurs brevetés/de S.M. la Reine/à Londres; Retard: Avance; Quantième (engraved on brass plate)
Inscription: On front (below single dial):  in panels, in gold: ECCLESIA (left); ORATIO (right)  on plinth: LA flanking porcupine; motto COMINUS ET EMINUS  engraved on lapis panels flanking plinth: Abizal/1442 (left); Paris 1515 (right)
On right:  in panels, in gold: SAPIENTIA (top); LIBERATIO (left); INVESTIGATO (right)  on plinth: HR flanking a portcullis, motto ALTERA SECURITAS  engraved on lapis panels flanking plinth: Greenwich/1491 (left), Londres 1547 (right)
On back:  upper dial, enameled: LUNDI/MARDI/MERCREDI/JEVDI/VENDREDI/SAMEDI/DIMANCHE  left dial, enameled: JANV.FEVR.MAR/JVIN.MAI.AVR/SEPT.AOVT.JVILL/OCT.NOV.DEC  right dial, enameled: 2•4•6•8•10•12•14•16•18•20•22•24•26•28•30•31-1  engraved on banderoles in gold frame: HERI (left), HODIE (right),; CRAS (below)  engraved on silver frame of rock crystal cover: Vulnerant onmes ultima necat  in enamel panels in gold: LABOR (left); LEX (right)  on plinth: AM flanking a grasshopper, motto PRAETIO PRUDENTIA PRAESTET  engraved on lapis panels flanking plinth: L.FALIZE/INV.&/EXECVT (left); 1513 Rome (right)
On left:  in panels in gold: FIDES (top), CARITAS (left), SPES (right)  on plinth: JR flanking a papal tiara, motto POST TENEBRAS LUX  engraved on lapis panels flanking plinth: Blois/1462 (left); Paris 1881 (right)
Various code marks and numbers appear. On Justice: 11 scratched inside edge of drapery on back, 1 on silver fitment; on Fortitude: 111 scratched inside front, 3 on silver; on Prudence: 1111 scratched inside front, 2 11 on silver; on Temperance: 1111 inside drapery, 4 on silver. On the reverse of the rim of the pierced-work plaque framing the three dials are indented circles: . .. ...
Marking:  BF flanking ring with rose-cut diamond, pendent pearl (firm mark of Bapst and Falize)  EN in an oval (see image)  London import mark for foreign work, 1906  925 in oval  D in rectangle with canted corners  stamped on key: FRANCE; 12
Location of marks: 1: enameled in center of upper dial on back 2-5: inside rim near foot of bottom section 3,4: also on silver rim of rock crystal cover on back and on silver shaft of figure of Truth 4: on silver bar fitted inside bottom of each gold figure
Alfred Morrison ; J. G. Morrison (until 1938; sale, Christie's, London, December 8, 1938, lot 30; sold for £65-2-0 to J. Cortez); J. Cortez (1938–before 1955) ; Antique Dome, Inc. , Miami Beach, Florida (by 1955; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, October 8, 1955, lot 342; sold for $5,000); Harry J. Reicher (before 1992; sale, Sotheby's New York, April 19, 1992, lot 233, property formerly collection Harry J. Reicher)
Artist: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)Date: ca. 1775Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tulipwood, sycamore, holly, boxwood and ebony; Carrara marble; gilt-bronze mounts; accessories of Sèvres porcelain, rock crystal, silver gilt, and lacquerAccession: 1976.155.99a, bOn view in:Gallery 523