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Lot 14: A Historicising Figural Mantel Clock, France, c. 1870
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, gold-plated, brass, metal
France, c. 1870
Japy Frères & Cie. French clockmaker of the 19th century
Back plate signed Japy Frères
Dial inscribed Robert BoulD St Denis 19
Circular brass movement, spring driven, lever escapement
8 day running duration
Count wheel half-hour striking mechanism on bell, silk suspension adjustable from behind, brass pendulum
White enamel dial with Roman hour markers, outer minute ring, pierced decorative hands
On multiply stepped base with coat of arms, festoon and tendrils the figure of a lady sculpted in the round and dressed in garments of the early 16th century
Dimensions: 49 x 38 x 15.5 cm
Provenance: private property Silesia
The mantel clock is in very good condition barely bearing any signs of age and wear. The dial with some smallest chips in the areas of the winding holes. During in house testing the watch was functional. Long-term precision and regularity cannot be guaranteed.
Japy Frères & Cie.
The company was founded in 1773 in Montbéliard by Fréderic Japy in the form of a small workshop for a mechanized production of watches. In 1777 it was transferred to Beacuourt, where two years later, about 50 employees were engaged with the production of movements. In 1806 his three sons were integrated into the company's management and Japy became an international business. After his father's death, the movements were signed with Japy Frères & Cie from 1850 onwards. In addition to the manufacture of watches in the course of the years more products were manufactured. Finally, the clock production had to be stopped in the 1930s. Today, however, Japy Frères & Cie produces engines under Renault. (nlu)
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