• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY QUARTER-CHIMING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK

    CHARLES CABRIER, LONDON. CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY QUARTER-CHIMING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK
    CHARLES CABRIER, LONDON. CIRCA 1770
    CASE: bell top with brass urn finials, brass handles above glazed side panels and with caryatid mounts to all angles, on brass bracket feet DIAL: 8 in. wide brass and silvered dial with strike/silent in the arch, date square and recessed cartouche signed 'Chas. Cabrier/London' to matted centre, steel hands (later minute) MOVEMENT: six pillars, with triple gut fusees and verge escapement, quarter chiming on seven bells (one lacking) and hour striking on further bell, the back plate engraved with pagodas; crank key
    23¼ in. (59 cm.) high; 14½ in. (37 cm.) wide; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) deep


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    Two Charles Cabriers, father and son, are recorded in London at this date. Charles Snr. was apprenticed in 1719, became a Freeman of the Clockmakers' Company in 1726 and is recorded working at the Dial in Lothbury and then at 79 Broad Street from 1734. He was Master of the Company in 1757 and recorded in Threadneedle Street in 1759. Charles jnr. became a Freeman of the Company by patrimony in 1756. Both men were working until 1777.
    R C R Barder illustrates a pair of superb musical and automaton table clocks signed Charles Cabrier, reputedly made for the King of Nepal (The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Woodbridge, 1993, p. 164, pl. XVII). According to Britten the Czar of Russia's collection in the Winter Palace included a diamond-decorated repeating watch signed Cabrier.
    A quarter-chiming mahogany table clock by Cabrier of related design was sold Sotheby's Amsterdam, 14 December 2005, lot 163 (EUR 9,600). Another three train mahogany table clock signed Cabrier was sold Bonhams London, 11 December 2007,lot 175 (£10,800).

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