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Auction: Auction 11.12.2002
was auctioned on: 11 December 2002
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An exceptional pair of French gilt-brass, enamel, champlevé enamel and split pearl-set quarter striking small carriage clocks, probably made for the Chinese market

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Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000
ca. US$23,785 - US$31,713
Price realised:  £32,265
ca. US$51,161
Lot number 24, Views: 70

An exceptional pair of French gilt-brass, enamel, champlevé enamel and split pearl-set quarter striking small carriage clocks, probably made for the Chinese market Nos.1674 & 1675. Circa 1890 Each with anglaise style cases, their base, tops and handles decorated with polychrome champlevé enamel, similarly enamelled capitals to the pilasters lined with split pearls, each side panel painted with a lady in a colourful summer dress wearing a bonnet, one holding a posy of summer flowers, the other with a dove resting on her hand, both within garden settings and standing against a red guilloché enamel background, the rear door panels painted with a spray of summer flowers with butterflies, the dials with white enamelled Roman chapter ring with finely pierced brass hour and minute hands and blued steel counter balanced sweep centre seconds, within a split pearl-set border and with a garland of flowers painted above, the alarm dial below flanked by Cupid with his bow and arrow approaching a young girl on a garden seat scantily clad in a blue robe, each movement with cut bimetallic compensated balance to silvered platform lever escapement, quarter strike, repeat and alarm on two gongs, the back plates sequentially stamped 1674 & 1675 , the bases with two position selection levers for Quarters & Silent , the base plates also sequentially numbered 1 74 & 2 75 4½in. (11.3cm.) high (2)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 11.12.2002
Date of the auction: 11 Dec 2002
Address: Christie's
London, King Street