FRENCH LOUIS XVI NIDERVILLER PORCELAIN PENDULE CERCLES TOURNANTE / ANNULAR CLOCK, the two turning dial rings fitted with white enamel plaques, marked "Arnould / A Nancy" for maker Nicolas Arnould, and blued-steel pointer to indicate time, the vase-shaped case featuring cover with bud finial and acanthus-leaf decoration, elaborate biscuit floral festoons to body framing two hand-painted landscape reserves, pair of biscuit female mask handles flanking the dial rings, and faux-painted marble plinth base, all against a deep blue ground with gilt highlights, underside of base marked with two linked "C's" for the Comte de Cuistine, proprietor of the Niderviller factory, eight-day brass movement, unsigned. Reserve. Circa 1785. 14 5/8" HOA.Case and dial in very good visual condition with very minor wear. Small hairline and minor chips to edge of cover. A few scattered minor losses to floral garlands. Currently striking but not running (see Catalogue Guarantee).
Literature: See Kjellberg - Encyclopedie de la Pendule Francaise, p. 295 for a similar example; and Hachette - Les Porcelainiers du XVII Siecle Francais, p. 324 (bottom) for an example of the Comte de Cuistine mark.
Provenance: From a Florida collection.