A rare late 19th century French gilt brass mystery clock Attributed to Eugene Robert Houdin

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Lot 69
A rare late 19th century French gilt brass mystery clock
Attributed to Eugene Robert Houdin

Sold for £ 4,437 (US$ 5,694) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A rare late 19th century French gilt brass mystery clock
Attributed to Eugene Robert Houdin
The 4.5inch circular glass dial with a single gilt hand within a bezel, mounted on a foliate support upon a classical column flanked by griffins, all movements contained within the base above a plinth with gadrooned moulding, the footing with scroll and floral motifs to the front. The two train movement based on a Pendule a Paris with hour and half hour count wheel striking providing the drive to the dial by a long arbour with very fine contrate gearing, the front plate of the movement, facing backward in this clock, with an oval stamp - A. Pittart & Cie. 33.5cm (13ins) high

Footnotes

  • Although unsigned, this clock is so similar to the one offered in these rooms 12 December 2018, lot 26, that it can be safely attributed to the same workshop, that of Robert Houdin.
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