A gilded bronze applique cartel. The case appears as an explosion of rocaille art combined with vegetal elements. The upward movement starts from two asymmetrical scrolling to either side of the circular dial, evoking a shield shape. The sides are adorned with flowery trellises behind which are placed red silks. An openwork element with curved and counter-curved foliage overhangs the ensemble.
The enamelled frame, placed behind a curved glass, includes, from the outside inwards, the Arabic numeral scale for the minutes, the Roman numeral scale for the hours and a new, very small Roman numeral scale for the days of the month. This plate is signed “Verner a Colmar”. A hole at six o’clock allows the mechanism to be wound.
Another applique cartel, in the Transition Louis XV – Louis XVI style, is kept in the Bartholdi Museum in Colmar. On this one, the horologist signs the cartel “Werner” in the German way. Another one bears the mention on the mechanism: “M.WERNER.A.COLMAR” with the date 1766.
Period : circa 1750
Height : 56 cm
Width : 31 cm
Depth : 15 cm
Condition : Faded gilding