Sold for £2,200
A fine and rare late 19th Century French five minute repeating gilt brass carriage clock, with Japonaise relief cast panels, the eight-day two train gong striking movement repeating the hours on a front top button and the five minutes on a back button, with silvered platform lever escapement and stamped with oval 'PATENT SURETY ROLLER' to centre of the backplate and serial number 876 to lower left, the dial with gilt roman numeral chapter ring on a rectangular panel sculpted in relief with an oriental garden landscape incorporating figure on a bridge next to pavilion on a rocky outcrop to lower margin, the centre with a pair of swifts descending onto branches and fine stylised pierced and engraved gilt brass hands, with hinged handle over thick bevelled top glass, scalloped 'pagoda' style cornice, the angles with bamboo column uprights, the sides inset with fine figural gilt enriched scenes of of male archers hunting deer opposing robed figures flying kites next to a pavilion, on plinth base with stepped skirt, the inside of the rear of the case door stamped 876, 15cms high excluding handle.
NB: Patent Surety Roller is a mechanism that prevents the strike star wheel (hour strike) from accidentally jumping out-of-sync whilst the clock is being transported. The firm of Gay, Lamaille & Company obtained the patent in 1880, having been first patented in 1879 by its inventor, Moritz Immisch, born 1838.
The 'Surety Roller' is discussed by Thomas R. Wotruba in his article 'The story behind PATENT SURETY ROLLER stamped on carriage clocks' published in ANTIQUARIAN HOROLOGY June 2017 2019 (pages 239-47).
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Auction: The Country House and Fine Interiors Auction, 8th Dec, 2020
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