Fine & scarce exhibition quality gilt bronze desk clock by George Moser of Paris, C.1850
The clock with an eight day bell striking movement, flanked by two bronze figures, a large clam shell pen rest to the front, two drawers with inkwell & sifter surmounted by a finely cast lidded well to the top.
It is recorded that Moser exhibited in the London Great Exhibition of all nations which was held at Crystal Palace in 1851
An entry in the listings for the Great Exhibition notes him as Exhibiting a interesting and unique desk clock? (There would be no reason this piece would not of been that clock)
The unusual case design was sure to be noticed among the array of clocks for sale at the Exhibition and the additional case work was certainly an added selling point.
Moser was connected with Marti of Montbeliard and is said to have established a factory there making movements in 1834. George Moser operated from the Rue de Grenier, Saint-Lazare in 1830 and then moving to 15, Boulevard du Temple in 1840, By 1860 he had registered his name as Moser and Co. (Et Cie). He signed his clocks Moser A Paris pre-1860 and Moser et Cie (and Co.) post 1860.
Moser is mentioned in many books including:
*Carriage Clocks: Their History and Development by Charles Allix.
*Dictionaire des Horologers de France: by Tardy
Moser: Exhibition desk clock