Alexandre Roufsel French Portico Clock
THIS CLOCK WAS A RESTORATION PROJECT FOR A CLIENT, AND IS NOT FOR SALE.
This French Portico clock dates from the late 1880s. It was "discovered" by our client in a Budapest bar several years ago. It was obviously bought on "potential", because the original unsigned French roundplate movement was missing some of its wheels on both the time and strike sides, there was no striking mechanism, and only one intact mainspring. Additionally, the case had several areas of chipped veneer, and was badly in need of some overall TLC. The first step was to replace the movement; we found a reasonably good Pons movement from the same period, and after repairing the fly pivots, re-bushing the entire rear plate, and replacing both mainsprings, plus some serious retrofitting of the movement mounting plate, we had a good fit with the case, dial and bezel. The original porcelain dial had been chipped, so we had it restored by TimeSaver Dials. The replacement movement was polished and gold plated, all the screws were flame blued, and the hands were replaced. The chipped veneer areas were repaired with rosewood veneer, and new rosewood column bases were added to accomodate a slightly longer pendulum. Then the entire case was polished and waxed.
The result was a fully-restored, beautiful working clock.