AUCTION : 0519

Lots 211 - 222: Important French & Mystery Clocks

Lot#: 211

DESCRIPTION: Boyer, a Paris, an unusual, gilt bronze architectural clock with annular dial, the Neo Renaissance style case with buttressed square base, inset panels with foliate mounts, the front with central niche occupied by a female figure, flanking ornaments concealing the winding arbors, and the ends with foliate scrolls, surmounted by five graduated circular arcades, the lowest with eight columns surrounding four niches and supporting the enclosure for the silvered roman numeral dial, the next with eight pilasters and four buttress arches, and the last each with four pilasters, domed turrets and turned finial, two train pendule de Paris movement signed "Boyer a Paris", with offset suspension, unusual regulator, and counting the hours on a blued steel gong, concealed in the stepped, ebonized wooden base with brass stringing, and with protective oval dome
CONDITION: base with tight splits and minor losses to surface, one piece of brass inlay loose at right side of base, gilding very good, with minor dirt and spotting, dial resilvered, movement dirty, oily, ticks and strikes, would benefit from service, gong with minor oxidation, dome good
ESTIMATE: $5000 - $7000
PRICE SOLD: $6500
CIRCA: 1860
DIMENSIONS: 21.5in x 14.75in x 9.25in

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Lot#: 212

DESCRIPTION: Andre Romain Guilmet, Paris, an unusual crystal regulator with mercury torsion pendulum and helical spring, typical four glass polished brass case with rounded corners, cavetto molded base and cornice, and beveled glasses, roman numeral white enamel dial with outer arabic five minute markers and fancy gilt hands, two train pendule de Paris movement with Guilmet's mark, his crank and stirrup escapement, and counting the hours on a bell, pendulum with cylindrical cage containing three mercury vials, and three polished steel columns with turned brass ornaments, finials and drops, arranged symmetrically around a polished helical spring, suspended from a bimetallic rod concealing a torsion suspension spring, providing a stable connection and support between the rod and bob
CONDITION: case top tarnished, the balance with minor, localized tarnish, glasses good, dial with minor scratches and a few faint hairlines at 6:00, minor flake at center, hands good, movement with tarnish and staining, very dirty and with degraded lubricant, functional, but in need of service, pendulum a bit dirty, but with much of original gilding intact. An unusual application of this escapement, which is more commonly seen in some of his figural clocks
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $5000
PRICE SOLD: $5000
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 14.25in x 8.5in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 213

DESCRIPTION: Andre Romain Guilmet, Paris, a rare and unusual industrial torsion pendulum lighthouse clock, the tapering, architectural case with gilt and silvered faux ashlar exterior, the base and column with simulated windows, the base also having a central door with roman numeral dial, signed "A. Hernandez Madrid", the column surmounted by a projecting gallery with balustrade, and glazed, cylindrical, domed lantern room, containing the top of the torsion pendulum, and set with prisms of transparent, ruby, and emerald glass, oscillating with the brass clad cylindrical bob below, signed, 8 day timepiece movement with Guilmet's modifications, all resting on a black slate base with three rectangular gilt feet
CONDITION: slate base with a few flakes, case with tarnish and remnants of original gilt and silvered surfaces, dome finial missing one screw, appears to originally had a flag or weather vane at top, dial good, minute hand missing, lantern room glass good, pendulum good, prisms good, movement ticks, needs service, clock runs briefly. A very good example of a rarely seen model.
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
PRICE SOLD: $4500
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 22.5in x 8.5in x

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Lot#: 214

DESCRIPTION: Andre Romain Guilmet, an unusual, figural torsion pendulum mystery clock, the tombstone shaped cast spelter base with fluted cavetto molding above a Vitruvian scroll band, with foliate ornamented paw feet and central cartouche with scrolls and laurel fronds, supporting a deeply molded, black slate plinth surmounted by a patinated female figure in flowing dress and sandals, her arms outstretched and holding the molded, round brass case, roman numeral white enamel dial with arabic outer five minute markers, blued steel hands, the bi-metallic pendulum tube hung below 6:00, and with multi part torsion bob having gadrooned finials, stylized, monopod gryphons with " C" scroll bodies, and central drop, 8 day, time and strike pendule de Paris movement with Guilmet's crank and stirrup escapement, striking on a bell, the back plate with Guilmet's mark, and numbered 4661
CONDITION: the base and figure dirty and with significant losses to finish, right front paw foot broken, clock case polished, dial with numerous hairlines, hands with oxidation, movement oily, escapement and striking functional, pendulum tube components glued together, shield at bottom painted gold, pendulum bob made up of mostly new components, and all parts secured with epoxy and new screws, rating adjustment not functional
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $4000
PRICE SOLD: $3600
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 28in x 8in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 215

DESCRIPTION: France, an unusual, figural torsion pendulum mystery clock, the round, polished, black stone plinth below a gilt spelter, fish scale ornamented, molded base with reeded, reel form pedestal, the transition with three equidistant volutes, the reel with medial guilloche band, and top with floral ring, surmounted by a female figure in flowing dress and sandals, a bird and nest in her left hand, her right arm held aloft and suspending a rod with adjustable, ornamental, governor form frame terminating in two patinated ball form weights, above the spherical clock case, with patinated surface, applied roman numerals, shuttered winding arbors, and brass hands, 8 day, time and strike, pendule de Paris movement with modifications for a torsion controlled escapement, and striking on a bell
CONDITION: figure and base good with minor dirt and losses to gilding, pendulum rod with minor scratches, patination on sphere good, may have been gilded originally, numerals glued to surface, hands are poor quality replacements, escapement functions when sphere rotates, striking functional, will need adjustment and may need service. The sphere containing the movement has indistinct engraving above the chapter ring regarding the maker and the patent.
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
PRICE SOLD: $4500
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 27.25in x 8.75in x

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Lot#: 216

DESCRIPTION: Andre Romain Guilmet, Paris, a small industrial "Beam Engine" desk timepiece, 8 day, time only movement with Guilmet's modifications, on a black slate base with gilt feet supporting a cast, crosshatched floor, the engine cylinders and pistons flanking the beam support with roman numeral white enamel dial, the beam rocking as if powered by the pistons, all surfaces finished with a combination of gilding and white or patinated silver, with blued steel Breguet style hands.
CONDITION: dirty, original silvered and gilt surfaces are intact and with wear, base with minor flakes and chips, dial and hands good, movement clean and running.
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $5000
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 8in x 2in

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Lot#: 217

DESCRIPTION: Fred H. Whitlock, England, for Dent, London, England, uncommon modern "Concorde Model" skeleton clock, movement with seconds-beating compound pendulum and grasshopper escapement, all on a mahogany base with a mahogany and glass cover.
CONDITION: this clock is like new with only very minor abrasions to case. Brass cartouche signed "Dent, London". This is a large clock featuring Harrison's famous escapement. The grasshopper escapement was invented by John Harrison in the early 1700s, first used in his precision longcase clocks, it was later employed in his marine timekeepers H1-H3. This clock serves to demonstrate the escapement action and rementoire design employed in Harrison's marine timekeeper H2. Cord and voltage selector for either 110 or 240 volts mounted to the rear base.We were unable to keep the clock running reliably. This clock is serial number 5.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $6500
CIRCA: 1975
DIMENSIONS: 30 in x 14in x 11in

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Lot#: 218

DESCRIPTION: André Romain Guilmet, Paris, France, balancier circulaire or conical pendulum timepiece, 8 day, time only, spring driven movement mounted within a polished brass sphere held by three cast gilt legs, applied roman numerals and brass hands, the pendulum held aloft at the top where the three legs meet, all under a glass dome on a turned wood base.
CONDITION: gilded parts are good, hand are good, movement is signed with Guilmet's "GLT" trademark and serial number "7670", movement is oily and running, dome is a bit tall for the clock so they may not have started life together. Dimensions are for the clock itself.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $1300
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 15in x 4.5in x 4.5in

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Lot#: 219

DESCRIPTION: Andre Romain Guilmet, a large bronze and black slate mystery clock, the case with stepped molded base and central, gilt honeysuckle and anthemion ornament, the sides with decorative handles, and paw feet with scroll and honeysuckle returns, the top with projecting cornice and surmounted by a beautifully modelled, patinated bronze female figure signed "D. Marie", her right hand held aloft, and suspending the pendulum with thick, brass rimmed glass bob, impulsed through the nearly imperceptible movement of the bronze base on which the she stands, gilt roman numeral black slate dial, gilt spade hands, 8 day, two train time and strike movement with crank and stirrup escapement, back plate with Guilmets mark and numbered 1838
CONDITION: case with chips and minor losses, upper left corner with glued break and minor losses, gilt mounts dirty, and with wear, figure a bit dirty, otherwise good, pendulum polished, glass bob insert replaced, bezel glass with chips at 9:00, dial good, hands with minor losses to gilding, movement with minor staining, bell replaced and with oxidation, column connecting motion of figure to movement with oxidation, rotating the base advances the minute hand, striking functional
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $4000
PRICE SOLD: $3800
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 29.5in x 16in x 8in

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Lot#: 220

DESCRIPTION: Henri-Eugène-Adrien Farcot, Paris, a figural mantel clock with conical pendulum, the black slate case with heavy molded base and gilt paw feet with honeysuckle returns, gilt, incised line ornament, and molded, projecting cornice surmounted by a gilt, female figure, her right arm held aloft and supporting the gilt brass and steel pendulum rod with spherical, blue, star mounted bob, gilt bezel with beveled glass, roman numeral black slate dial with gilt spade hands, and 8 day, time and strike pendule de Paris movement with Farcot's modifications, striking on a bell, and with Farcot's anchor trademark
CONDITION: case with minor flakes and chips, right side of top with repaired break, paw feet, figure, escutcheon and mask regilded, dial and hands good, signature on dial illegible, blue finish on pendulum bob restored, a few stars missing, one loose, one replaced, and a few glued to sphere surface, cast mask needs to be reattached to escape pivot escutcheon, movement runs and strikes, the lever that drives the pendulum needs repair or replacement, escape pivot with bend
ESTIMATE: $1600 - $2000
PRICE SOLD: $1900
CIRCA: 1875
DIMENSIONS: 24.5in x 13.75in x 7.5in

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Lot#: 221

DESCRIPTION: Louis Achille Brocot, Paris, for J. Silvani, 13 & 14 Kings Road, Brighton, a large, year going table or mantel clock, the case with molded, white marble base and top containing gilt, ovolo molded frames set with four beveled glasses, signed roman numeral white enamel dial with sunk center and visible Brocot escapement, blued steel Breguet style hands, brass movement with round plates and five barrels, marked "A.B." within a star on the back plate, and with compensated, Ellicott variant bimetallic pendulum of Brocot's design, serial #4313
CONDITION: case dirty, marble with flakes and minor losses, frames lacking gilding and with minor tarnish and spotting, front glass with minor loss, lower left, rear glass with small chips, upper right, and small loss, lower left, dial dirty, and with a few very faint hairlines, minor chips below 6:00, and losses to signature and address, hands with a few minor specks of oxide, movement running, pendulum with minor marks and dings
ESTIMATE: $2800 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $2200
CIRCA: 1855
DIMENSIONS: 17.75in x 11in x 8.25in

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Lot#: 222

DESCRIPTION: France, a year going table or mantel clock with equipoise pendulum, molded black slate base and top containing a gilt brass frame set with four beveled glass panels, roman numeral white enamel dial with sunk center, seconds bit and wind indicator concentric with the blued steel hour and minute hands, round brass movement mounted to a decorative gilt, gadrooned and molded support, deadbeat escapement and gilt pendulum with roof truss form beam supporting a heavy gilt sphere at either end, the whole rocking above the movement
CONDITION: slate with minor chips and flakes, slate and gilt frame with dirt and polish residue, frame with losses to gilding and tarnish, rear glass with tiny chip at upper right, dial with multiple hairlines, hands with oxide, movement polished, escapement functional, will tick briefly, barrel hook shows evidence of mainspring break, pendulum rating screw knob replaced with a watch crown, pendulum with losses to gilding
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $2600
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 13.75in x 9.5in x 6.75in

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