French figural mystery clock
Lot 488
A 19th century French figural mystery clock A.R.Guilmet
Sold for £1,750 (US$ 2,808) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 19th century French figural mystery clock
A.R.Guilmet
Having a black 4" dial with gilt Roman hours and spade hands, the two train movement with outside countwheel strike on a bell, the movement stamped 'GLT' and numbered 563; Surmounted by a well cast figure group of Venus and Cupid, Venus holding a pendulum (replacement)in her raised left hand, stamped 447 to base, standing on a circular socle on a square black marble base with lions head side handles and raised on paw feet. Sold with a replacement pendulum and winder. 59cm (23 1/2") high

Footnotes

  • A.R.Guilmet is one of a number of French mystery-clock makers, he was granted a French patent for the mystery clock in 1867, which was modified in 1872. The 1867 patent or 'Brevet' was to run for fifteen years for a 'Pendule à marche mystérieuse'.
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