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A gilt and porcelain mantel clock garniture with glass bead highlights, Achille Brocot, circa 1895

Estimate: £0
Price realised:  £350
ca. US$436
Lot number 117, Views: 7

A French gilt brass and porcelain mantel clock garniture with unusual glass bead highlighted decoration Achille Brocot, Paris, circa 1895 The circular two train eight-day gong striking movement with anchor escapement regulated by disc bob pendulum incorporating Brocot type regulation to suspension, the backplate stamped with oval star-centred trademark AB over serial number 2425 15.5, the circular cream ground porcelain dial decorated with butterfly inhabited silver and gilt floral spray incorporating blue glass bead applied infill to the wings of the insect within Roman numeral cartouche chapter ring, with blued steel hands within canted brass bezel, the break-arch case with surmount cast as a twin handled urn resting on scrolls and with four foliate bud finials to angles over moulded cornice and front inset with a concave-topped porcelain panel beneath the dial decorated with two butterflies incorporating toned glass bead applied infill to the wings set within gilt and silvered flowering foliage, on skirt base with generous acanthus cast top moulding and presentation inscribed To MR. AND MRS A. Mc AUGHEY, On the occasion of their marriage, BY THE, Franklin ST Collar Co'y LTD and their Employees, NOV'R 1ST 1897, 33cm (13ins) high; the garniture side pieces each formed as a twin handled urn with pineapple finial over conforming bead decorated butterfly inhabited flowering foliage to the shouldered ovoid porcelain body and leaf cast foot, 26.5cm (16.5ins) high. Provenance: The beneficiary of the Estate of a private collector, East Midlands. Achille Brocot is recorded in Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS, Their history and development as born in 1817 and died in 1878. The Museums Victoria (Australia) website notes that Achille patented several improvements in clock mechanism escapements, and invented the 'Brocot Suspension', an adjustable pendulum spring which enabled time keeping to be regulated by altering the length of the pendulum suspension spring by a key turned in the dial. He also introduced a jewelled deadbeat escapement, sometimes called a visible escapement as it was often mounted in the middle of the dial. Achille was awarded a first class medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, and in 1856 was appointed Treasurer to La Société des Horlogers in Paris. He published a "Calculation of the Wheels by Approximation" in 1862. His sons Achille and Paul continued the business following Achille senior's death 1878. The firm was taken over by rival clock maker Gustave Gibaudet in 1889. The porcelain sections of the current lot are unusual in that they incorporate applied clustered coloured glass bead infill to the wings of the butterflies which catches and reflects light in such a way as to bring the insects to life. This is due to the intensity of the reflected light changing as the angle from which they are viewed varies, and is particularly effective when lit straight-on by a single source. This scarce form of decoration is normally only seen on a select few carriage clock cases with an example incorporating comparable decoration to all parts of the case also included in the present sale (lot 116). Another two carriage clocks also with similarly decorated panels are illustrated in Roberts, Derek CARRIAGE and other Travelling CLOCKS pages 158-59 (Figs 9.55 and 9.56).

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments
Date of the auction: 18 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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