Thu, 4th Nov 2021 10:30

The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction

 
  Lot 1198
 

A RARE AND IMPRESSIVE LATE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED METAL 'FOUNDRYMAN' AUTOMATON CLOCK

Sold for £11,000


Condition Report
Condition generally good. Some deterioration to the numerals. Minor areas of tarnish and oxidisation as per age, though nothing of real concern. In or nibbles to slate base. One small screw missing to back right corner on base. Another minor rivet lacking from front automaton mechanism, though this is decorative. Bottom hinge of clocks rear door lacking, which means the door can be removed (does sit fine when in place).
In good working order. Additional images available.

 

LATE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED METAL 'FOUNDRYMAN' AUTOMATON CLOCK,
made by André Romain Guilmet, Paris circa 1890, the Roman numeral dial set within a coppered boiler with moveable fittings, the steamhammer, which forms part of the compound pendulumn, moving vertically up and down, the foundryman modelled in the process of flattening an iron rod which is held beneath the steel hammer, with two train eight day movement striking the hours and halves on a coil, movement is stamped on the backplate 'Medaille D’Or GLT Btf SG G Paris' for Guilmet and numbered 1677, on a black slate base, 42cm high, on a further lacquered base and under a glass dome

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