The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer

Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

LOT 17

Fromanteel & Clarke, London, circa 1700. Very fine and rare silver pair-cased watch with date.

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

EUR 4,600 - 6,000 / USD 5,200 - 6,700

Sold: CHF 8,280

C. Outer: double-body, polished. Inner: double-body, "bassine", polished, chased pendant. D. Silver champlevé, radial Roman numerals, outer minute track with five-minute Arabic markers in polished cartouches, center chased with foliage. Gold "Louis XV" hands. M. 41 mm, hinged gilt brass full plate with elaborate pierced gilt brass pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapment, plain steel three-arm balance, flat balance spring, gilt brass English cock with streamers pierced and engraved with foliage.Signed on dial and back plate.Diam. 57 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-6-11


Slightly oxidized

Slightly worn

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-04




Fromanteel & Clarke. They were excellent watchmakers of the 18th century who specialized in long case clocks, lantern clocks and bracket clocks, as well as watches. It is generally considered that it was one of the Fromanteels who brought the long case clock to England. Watches and clocks by Fromanteel & Clarke can be found in the City of London Museum, the London Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.