French Rare Minute Repeating Grande Sonnerie Carriage Clock
This rare French carriage clock from the late 19th century is captivating both aesthetically and mechanically. The gilt brass case is handsomely appointed with quarter Corinthian columns, dentil moulding, and beveled glass panels. Unusual deep burgundy enamel dials within a silvered surround feature gilt and enamel decorative touches to the center and chapter ring. Gilt spade hands point to red Roman numerals on white porcelain cartouche.
Within, an 8-day twin-barrel movement fitted with a jeweled balance wheel lever escapement keeps the time. The remarkable Grande Sonnerie movement marks the hours and quarter hours on two pleasantly toned gongs. The minute repeater button is atop and a three-position sonnerie adjustment lever is on the underside. The Grande Sonnerie was an elaborate striking system crafted by the most highly-skilled clockmakers. Such timepieces are greatly valued among clock aficionados today.
This impressive clock with its terrific visual and mechanical appeal bears a full restoration along with a one-year warranty.
7″H x 4″W x 3 1/2″D
Circa 1880SKU: FOAG 15 P $17,500 Inquire