A rare early 19th century patinated and gilt bronze-mounted slate mantel timepiece.  Originally sold to Robert La Touche Esquire for 48 guineas on 6th July 1811 Vulliamy, London, number 483

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Lot 159
A rare early 19th century patinated and gilt bronze-mounted slate mantel timepiece. Originally sold to Robert La Touche Esquire for 48 guineas on 6th July 1811
Vulliamy, London, number 483

Sold for £ 20,400 (US$ 28,059) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

11 Dec 2007, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A rare early 19th century patinated and gilt bronze-mounted slate mantel timepiece. Originally sold to Robert La Touche Esquire for 48 guineas on 6th July 1811
Vulliamy, London, number 483
Surmounted by the figure of an eagle with outstretched wings on a drum case flanked by a pair of recumbent lions, each holding a gilt ball, on a plinth base applied with a well pierced and chased foliate frieze, the 3 inch gilt Roman dial with outer band of dots to represent each minute enclosing the burnished numerals on a matted chapter and engine turned centre, with pierced heart-shaped hands, all within a snake-form bezel, the signed and numbered circular movement united by four tapering 'cannon barrel'-type pillars, with single gut fusee to a deadbeat escapement with original numbered pendulum 23cm (9in) high.

Footnotes

  • Robert La Touche was MP for County Kildare, Ireland in the early 19th century and owned the Harristown Estate. Obviously a man of means, he had a town residence in one of Dublins most expensive quarters, Merrion Square in the 1790s. In May 1810 he married Lady Emily, daughter of the Early of Clancarty. Spending some of his time in London as a Westminster MP, La Touche would have very much been a part of fashionable London society, and Vulliamy would have been his clockmaker of choice. This particular model was one of the most expensive that Vulliamy was producing at the time, far more expensive, for instance than his archetypal mahogany longcase.
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