A rare 19th century French black marble mystery clock with child impulsing the pendulum 2

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Lot 38
A rare 19th century French black marble mystery clock with child impulsing the pendulum
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Sold for £ 4,812 (US$ 6,179) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A rare 19th century French black marble mystery clock with child impulsing the pendulum
Surmounted by the figure of Ceres, her raised left arm supporting the gilt pendulum terminating in a glass bob, on a shaped plinth base set with lion's mask side handles and lion's paw feet, the 3.75 inch dial with gilt Roman numerals and shaped hands, the twin train movement with the stamp for Samuel Marti and 'Brevete' with crank and stirrup escapement striking on a bell. 58.5cms (23ins) high (2)

Footnotes

  • A similar example of this clock is illustrated by Derek Roberts, Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks (Atglen 1999), p.251 fig 21-9
    The bell striking movement by Samuel Marti has a Brocot escapement and is attached to a complex counter-balanced pendulum mounted to the side and connected to the child above, thus gently rocking it to and fro whilst it pulls the pendulum with a silk thread.

    A similar example sold in these sale rooms on June 8 2015, Lot 121.

    A similar example sold in the Joseph M Meraux Collection of Rare and Unusual Clocks, Sotheby's New York June 28 1993, lot 457.
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