Lot 15: A Rare Figural Mantel Clock with Male Warrior, Paris, 19th C.
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, gold-plated and partially with dark patina, black hardstone, brass, metal, glass
Paris, 19th century
Japy Frères & Cie. French clockmaker of the 19th century
Back plate signed Japy Fréres and Maviez Paris, monogrammed C.T as well as numbered 5341 and 860
Circular brass movement, spring driven
8 day running duration
Count wheel half-hour striking mechanism on bell, spring suspension, brass pendulum
White enamel dial with Roman hour-markers, outer minute ring, Breguet-hands, glazed bezel
On 6 gold-plated paw feet a stepped hardstone base, above that rising two columns, in-between them the case with the clockwork crowned by the sculptural figure of a warrior
A winding key is included
Dimensions: 50.5 x 46 x 25.5 cm
The mantel clock is in very good condition bearing minor signs of age and wear. The dial with some fine hairline cracks and tiny chips. The hardstone base is partially bumped along edges and corners. 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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