Boule Pedestal Clock

French Pedestal clock
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The Pedestal clock rests on a more or less high pedestal matched to the style of the clock. French cabinetmakers initiated the style in the late 17th century. The clock and the pedestal or column, made in the same material and style, constituted an indissociable set. These clocks were trendy from the late 17th to early 19th century. Still, the arrival of the shelf and furniture clocks in the mid-1800s made them less sought after, except for collectors, because they are rare and expensive. The beautiful ones are found in museums. In the early 18th century, the term Pedestal Clock was used to classify it. It is essentially a furniture clock mounted on a column, or a pedestal with the uniqueness of material and style, so that the whole may be taken for a longcase clock, except that the pendulum is the height of the ones found in bracket clocks. Here is one example from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: a case and pedestal in the same style by André Charles Boulle (1642-1732) with a movement probably from Jacques III Thuret (1669-1738) or his father Isaac II Thuret (1630-1706).

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