A Pair of French 19th Century Carved Wood Barometer and Clock
A pair of French 19th century carved wood barometer and clock, both items with a handcarved giltwood frame terminating in a pierced cartouche with a flambeau emerging from outswept acanthus leaves, the face of the clock projecting from a sinuous frame with intricately carved floral sprays.
The clock with white enamel dial and lattice work hands pointing to hours in Roman numerals. The face is inscribed Ferdinand Berthoud after the leading Swiss watch and clock maker who apprenticed with Julien Le Roy and became a master in 1754. Ferdinand Berthoud was a highly prolific master of horology in the age of Enlightenment under Louis XV (1710-1774) as evident in the clock and barometer's assemblage of science and superior craftsmanship. Both items are surmounted by a thermometer consisting of a mercury filled glass tube.
The accompanying barometer has a white enamel dial and displays the barometric intervals of Tempete (Stormy), Gx Pluie, Pluie Ou VARIABLE (Rainy Variable) Beau Temps (nice weather) Beau Fixe (fair weather), and TRES SEC (very dry).