“Thomas à Paris”
This clockmaker, who signed “Thomas à Paris”, often worked with the bronze caster Claude Galle. This Parisian clockmaker was active during the latter part of the 18th century and the early years of the following century. Through Galle, Thomas became known to Parisian connoisseurs of fine and luxury horology. Some of his pieces were mentioned during the early decades of the 19th century as being in the homes of important collectors, including two Napoleonic Marshals, Michel Ney, Prince of the Moskva and Duke of Elchingen, and Louis-Alexandre Berthier, prince of Wagram. Others were cited in the posthumous inventory of the wife of Louis-Amable-Auguste-Ursule-Achille de Sparre.