c.1895 French Sedan Carriage Clock with Miniature Portraits.

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c.1895 French Sedan Carriage Clock with Miniature Portraits.
Inv. #: F209
Maker:

R & Co., Paris – Clockmaker
Cotton – Artist

Case:

The large cast Rococo style gilt-bronze sedan style case is elaborately decorated with scrolling foliage, both in relief and engraved, and numerous scenes featuring cupid. To the sides are the carrying handles and above sits a fleur-de-ly supported by four decorative rocaille. Instead of the usual glass sides it features wonderful miniature polychrome portraits each signed ‘Cotton’.

Dial:

The round porcelain dial has blue Arabic numbers for the hours, decorative steel-cut hands, a gilt-bronze mask and beveled glass.

Movement:

The eight-day time and strike movement is wound and set off the backplate, retains the original lever escapement, strikes on a coiled gong, has a repeat button out the top and is stamped ‘R & Co. Made in Paris’.

Notes:

Although sedan form carriage clocks are very rare in general, this example also has two wonderfully modeled and executed portraits and a repeat mechanism making it a premier example of French carriage clock case design.

According to Allix, Richard and Co. was originally the London branch of Lemaitre & Bergmann originally founded in 1848. Known for exceptional quality they specialized in selling french style clocks in England and a variation of the business was still operating in 1974.

Size: 11in. (total height)
Retail Price: $ 14,500.

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