Fire-gilded " Prunk Uhr " by Pierre-César Honoré Pons. Figurative depiction of the enthroned Mother of God with the Child Jesus in his arms, pointing his hand, directed at the globe.
The watch was professionally cleaned and oiled by a watchmaker a year ago. The clock is going to the minute! The clock has been in the household of a German countess for the last 50 years.
Pierre-César Honoré Pons (1773-1851) was one of the most famous French watchmakers of his time; He worked in Saint Nicolas d'Aliermont from 1807. In 1819, the Viscount Hericart de Thury wrote that a large number of important watchmakers "such as the Breguets, the Berthouds, the Janviers, the Robins, the Lepautes, the Bourdiers and the Pons... were well known in the sciences of astronomy and physics...". Pons was an ingenious watchmaker who made the machines for the production of his watches himself. He developed his own types of works, which he sold to other watchmakers such as Brocot; today these works are known as the "Pons calibre". Pons often exhibited at trade fairs and was awarded numerous prizes and medals. When he died, he left a legat of 1,000 francs to help distressed watchmakers.
"Les Ouvriers du Temps", Jean-Dominique Augarde, Editions Antiquorum, Geneva, 1996. "Dictionnaire des Horlogers Francois", Tardy, Paris, 1972.
Height: 51 cm. Width 32 cm. Depth: 16.5 cm. Weight 8 kilos.
On the Internet there are some entries about Pierre-César Honoré Pons.
Watches of this quality are sold in the art trade for around 5,000.00 euros.
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