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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991


Buyer unknown. Clock, unnumbered, sold before 1780. Gilt bronze and marble striking mantle clock with calendar.

Case: White marble, gilt bronze mounts with garlands of flowers flanked on both sides by volutes with floral urns and cock birds, a bronze putti in the foreground, with urn finial, on eight beaded pattern gilt bronze feet.

Dial: White enamel, signed: "Breguet A Paris", with Arabic hour numerals, and concentric outer date ring. Gilt brass hands of engraved entrelnc form with fleur de lys points.

Movement: Brass with circular plates and two trains, the back plate signed: "Breguet à Paris", anchor escapement with silk suspended plain pendulum, hour and half hour striking on a bell, the star pierced locking-plate visible on the back plate.

In very good condition. Dim. 530 x 420 x 140 mm.

CHF 15,000 - 20,000

Sold: CHF 69,000


History: This clock was made before the records, currently preserved by Maison Breguet, were begun. It is therefore impossible to give an exact date of sale, price or the name of the buyer.

Note: The signature "Breguet à Paris" was not used after 1791, and at the time this clock was produced Breguet, along with Jean Antoine Lépine, were practically the only watchmakers in Paris to use Arabic numerals on the dials.

Literature: Illustrated and described in the 5th Edition of Tardy: La Pendille Française, Part Two, p. 57.