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Michel à Paris


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This is the signature of a Parisian clockmaker who was active during the second half of the 18th century. Tardy mentions several clockmakers of that name who were active during the period, including Jean Michel, who became a master in 1770 and Nicolas Michel, who became master in 1779 (see Tardy, Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1971, p. 463). Several clocks bearing the signature “Michel à Paris” are listed in archival documents; among them are those mentioned in the posthumous inventory of François-Camille, Prince of Lorraine in 1788, and that of Jean Masson de Plissay, secretary to Louis XV in 1767.

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