An early 19th century Belgian skeleton clock with exhibition provenance Jean-Joseph Hanset, Brussels
Lot 7W
An early 19th century Belgian skeleton clock with exhibition provenance Jean-Joseph Hanset, Brussels
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 50,963) inc. premium
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Lot Details
An early 19th century Belgian skeleton clock with exhibition provenance
Jean-Joseph Hanset, Brussels
The four dials each with a gadrooned or foliate cast ormolu bezel, the uppermost moonphase dial with age of moon scale to the upper edge, over the signed 6 inch enamel Roman dial with Arabic quarters, sweeping centre seconds, inner concentric calendar scale and Breguet hands, over two subsidiary calendar dials, respectively indicating the day and month, with zodiac symbols, raised on two gilt tapered columns, black marble base and toupie feet, the drum type movement with pinwheel escapement and rack strike on a bell, the nine rod grid iron pendulum with knife edge suspension and rating nut. 51.5cm (20.25in)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: This clock was exhibited in 'La Mesure du Temps', in Namur, 7th-22nd July 1962 and is referred to in the exhibition catalogue page 69, No VII/41.

    Jean-Joseph Hanset was born in Beauvechain in 1767 and died in Brussels in 1826. He was appointed clockmaker to the Court of William II of Holland, and was established in the rue de l'Escalier, Brussels, from 1799.

    This style of clock is characteristic of those produced in Liège in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, recognisable by the use of complex crossings in the wheelwork and the construction of the frame. Similar examples are illustrated in Derek Robert's "Continental and American Skeleton Clocks", Schiffer 1989, figures 172 a, b and c, page 175, Florent Pholien's "L'Horlogerie et ses Artistes au Pays de Liége" 1933, Edition d'Art des Imprimeries Nationales des Militaires Mutilés et Invalides de Guerre, Liége. page 85; and Jacques Nève's "The Clocks of Hubert Sarton" 2009, similar examples by Sarton pages 72 to 77 and by Dumoulin of Brussels pages 78 and 79 .
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