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 POUVILLON REPRODUCTION

In march of 2014 I learned that someone in the Netherlands had made a rough copy of the Pouvillon clock based on the photos from this website. There were many shortcuts taken in the areas of the tellurian, orrery, and cam works and the overall quality is not the same. The lower ring depicting the precession of the zodiac is missing along with the complex gearing to make this complication. The wheel cutting is far cruder than Pouvillon's work. But I have to say I do like the copy's use of a half-second compensated pendulum which gives a lively view lacking in the original where the one-second pendulum is hidden within the base. The clock is several inches higher on its reproduced base than the original offering a better view. The use of enamel dial-work is an interesting feature. It adds color and vibrancy. But unfortunately it is poorly done, with no bezel work around the edges of the various dials to hide the rough edges inherent in enamel dial work.

The restoration work on the original was completed in September of 2012 with this copy coming to my attention in March of 2014. So it is apparent that the duplicator probably began, at least his preliminary work, before the restoration was complete. It is for sale and at the price being asked, all I can say is that for very little more the purchaser could have my better quality original! 

 

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