Collectors are looking for working pieces somewhat easy to repair. However it is not advised to buy a clock fitted with a later movement, a bad idea which developed during the mid 19th Century when people wanted to possess more precise time pieces and were responsible for some major disasters when they had 16th Century table clocks dismembered and fitted with new movements committing therefore some unforgivable heresy.
«An imposing early 17th Century gilt metal clock
case now containing a 19th Century English
fusee and chain, bell striking movement with
anchor escapement, later chapter ring
with roman numerals and inner circle
with signs of the Zodiac, later silver centre
with enamel decoration (Value : US $ 15,000-25,000)»
During the 17th,18th and 19th French clock-makers produced some incredible quantities of clocks, which by all means were magnificent works of art. During the 18th Century they went on to adapt their pieces to daily reality with decorative features recalling new fashions and conquests with bronze figures of Indians, black men, slaves, sailors, gods and goddesses, angels and so forth.
«A good ormolu mounted
bronze pendule 'Au Nègre',
(Value US $ 14,000-20,000)»