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$ 14,500

c.1895 French Sedan Carriage Clock with Miniature Portraits

Documentation Signed
Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials Gilt-Bronze, Beveled Glass.
Dimensions
H. 11 in;
H. 27.94 cm;
Creation Date 1895
Description Maker:
R & Co., Paris – Clockmaker
Cotton – Artist

Case:
The large cast Rococo style gilt-bronze sedan style case is elaborately decorated with scrolling foliage, both in relief and engraved, and numerous scenes featuring cupid. To the sides are the carrying handles and above sits a fleur-de-ly supported by four decorative rocaille. Instead of the usual glass sides it features wonderful miniature polychrome portraits each signed ‘Cotton’.

Dial:
The round porcelain dial has blue Arabic numbers for the hours, decorative steel-cut hands, a gilt-bronze mask and beveled glass.

Movement:
The eight-day time and strike movement is wound and set off the backplate, retains the original lever escapement, strikes on a coiled gong, has a repeat button out the top and is stamped ‘R & Co. Made in Paris’.

Notes:
Although sedan form carriage clocks are very rare in general, this example also has two wonderfully modeled and executed portraits and a repeat mechanism making it a premier example of French carriage clock case design.
According to Allix, Richard and Co. was originally the London branch of Lemaitre & Bergmann originally founded in 1848. Known for exceptional quality they specialized in selling french style clocks in England and a variation of the business was still operating in 1974.

Size: 11in. (total height)
Styles / Movements Rococo, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 328720
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