As its name suggests, the category of “Masterpieces” includes the most extraordinary objects. Of all the exceptional pieces – clocks, furniture and works of art – certain pieces stand out, for the historical periods of their creation, the finesse and elegance of their decorative vocabulary, their authenticity, or the incomparable talent of the craftsmen who created them. Among the best of the capital, these craftsmen worked either for the great connoisseurs of the time, or for royalty or aristocracy.
These masterpieces then entered the collections of these great art lovers, where they were often among the most extraordinary examples. Some of the clocks, created not only to tell the time, but to achieve a high degree of precision, incorporated devices at the cutting edge of technology of the time. Other, more decorative pieces represented French refinement and elegance, and especially Parisian.