A good late 18th century French skeleton clock with subsidiary calendar dials for day and date  Folin, Laine, Paris

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Lot 70*
A good late 18th century French skeleton clock with subsidiary calendar dials for day and date
Folin, Laine, Paris

£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,700 - 10,000

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19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A good late 18th century French skeleton clock with subsidiary calendar dials for day and date
Folin, Laine, Paris
The inverted Y-shaped frame surmounted by an eagle with wings outstretched over a floral bough and beaded bezel enclosing a white and royal blue enamel Arabic chapter ring with gilt highlights, over a pair of matching subsidiary dials giving date of the month and day with astronomical signs, centred by the shaped signature cartouche and set on a pair of semi-circular supports (the front applied with enamel and decorated with grapevines in two-coloured gold), raised on four reeded ormolu pillars, on a rectangular white marble base with applied ormolu frieze depicting cherubs at play to the front, and engine turned to the sides, raised on squat ball feet. The 4.75 inch dial with matching gold hands and open centre revealing the five-pointed-star frame, the spring driven movement with 'shouldered' circular plates united by four turned pillars, with anchor escapement with silk-suspended starburst pendulum, the outside countwheel of the strike train with five delicately tapered crossings, striking on a bell. 42cms (16 1/2ins) high.

Footnotes

  • A similar model, in mauve enamel, is illustrated in La Pendule Francaise, 2me Partie: Du Louis XVI a nos jours. 1962. Paris: Tardy, p. 320 plate A.
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