Premiere partie

Case: inlaid overall in premiere partie with foliate scrolls and Berainesque scene, with herald finial; the front with relief cast figure in a chariot; the contrepartie bracket with bearded mask to the angles and terminating in a foliate mount; the hood with very faint trace of stamp: "P.."

Ormolu and blued steel

Dial: foliate cast ormolu with white enamel chapters and blued steel hands.

Movement: rectangular plates joined by five vase-shaped pillars, twin barrels, now with anchor escapement, unpierced calibrated countwheel, with strike on bell above; signed "Le Siamois Paris".

Boulle is a traditional marquetry technique, named after a cabinetmaker for King Louis XIV of France.  Boulle work consists of two contrasting materials, laid one on top of the other,  from which a design is cut out and then interchanged.

Etienne Le Siamois

Etienne (called Thomas Le Siamois (1674-1732) is recorded in rue de Harlay "Au Griffon D'Or" in 1701 and rue Dauphine 1704-1732.


Width: 51 20
Height: 130 51