We are delighted to present for your consideration a masterwork of the clockmaking craft in the Rococo Period, certainly the finest carriage clock we have ever offered on our site. Our extensive research shows that this clock case style was a favorite of several French clockmaking firms including Lucien and Drocourt. The examples we found had primarily porcelain panels and a single color case, though we did find one other with a bi-color silvered and gilt bronze case like the one offered here.
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Physical:. This fine and rare rococo gilt bronze & silvered carriage clock is c.1880, France. It measures 9.5"h x 5.5"w x 5"d. The highly unusual gilt and silvered case is deeply cast and chased with scrolls and flowers and a putto on each corner, the crest with two putti at front and rear centering a raised-relief silvered plaque decorated with two putti, all beneath a fixed cast carrying handle supported by intertwined cornucopia.
(Lapis Lazuli – sample)
The clock sides and top each feature blue lapis lazuli panels that remind the Clock Guy of a week he spent in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1968 visiting the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral. The case is fitted with front and rear glass panels surmounted by a cast bronze grip with which to remove the rear panel to gain access to the movement. The case terminates in scrolled feet centering a small oval raised relief silvered plaque decorated with two putti on each side. The ornately engraved silvered dial with Roman numeral 2.5” chapter ring is signed “Lucien Paris” below.
Mechanical: The brass movement is marked the number "359". The eight-day time-and-bell-strike movement with original 11 jewel lever platform has recently been professionally overhauled and is in excellence mechanical condition. It strikes on a bell with two hammers.
Comments: We believe this case configuration stands out above all the others of this specific style that we have found and are sure you will feel the same. Please give us a call to start the acquisition process.
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