A fine and very rare mid 19th century French gilt brass giant Breguet-style grande sonnerie striking carriage clock with perpetual calendar, minute repeat, alarm and moonphase Signed on the frontplate Lefrand, Paris.

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Lot 117*
A fine and very rare mid 19th century French gilt brass giant Breguet-style grande sonnerie striking carriage clock with perpetual calendar, minute repeat, alarm and moonphase
Signed on the frontplate Lefrand, Paris.

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 21,877) inc. premium

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12 Dec 2018, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A fine and very rare mid 19th century French gilt brass giant Breguet-style grande sonnerie striking carriage clock with perpetual calendar, minute repeat, alarm and moonphase
Signed on the frontplate Lefrand, Paris.
The bold handle on scroll supports over elaborate finials and heavy bevelled glass panels framed by reeded pilasters on a breakfront plinth with applied roundels, the top viewing glass hand-engraved with the copperplate initials BC, the silvered Roman chapter ring with open centre revealing the polished strike work and further set with an engraved arc giving the age and phase of the moon, below are three dials giving date, month (together with the alarm set on an additional hand), and day, all within an engine turned gilt mask, the large movement, the going train to a gilt lever platform escapement, the strike and repeat acting on three large coiled blued steel gongs and three hammers. The alarm struck on a bell mounted in the base on a fourth hammer, all functions hand engraved on the backplate, and with three-position selection lever for the strike set to the underside 28cms (11ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Literature:

    Fanelli, J., Terwilliger, Ch. (1987) A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks. Bronxville: Clock Trade Enterprises, page 86, item 37.

    Lefrand is listed as working in Paris circa 1850, see Loomes, B. (2006) Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, NAG Press.



    Comparative literature:

    Another example signed Lefrand is illustrated in Roberts, D. (1993) Carriage & other Travelling clocks, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing Fig.6-2.

    An identical example signed Lefranc, Paris, (possibly mis-read for Lefrand?) is discussed and illustrated in Allix & Bonnert, (1974) Carriage Clocks, Suffolk: The Antique Collectors' Club, page 205-206,. Plates VIII/17 and /18.
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