Verneuil

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Verneuil seems to have specialised in making high quality skeleton clocks; however little is known of him. Tardy records a Verneuil, father and son, the former at 42 rue St Honoré and the latter, who sometimes signed “Verneuil Jeune”, in the rue du Contrat Social in 1806 and the Faubourg St-Martin in 1815. All the recorded clocks bearing Verneuil’s name resemble each other stylistically. While they vary in complexity, most include similarly laid out calendar work. Most have marble plinths, some have silvered dials; others, such as the present piece, have white enamel dials. One example, with an elaborately painted moon phase dial, is further adorned with sumptuous gilt bronze mounts including Egyptian caryatids, lion supports and a mythological frieze on the marble base (illustrated Roberts, op. cit., p. 56, pl. 41).