• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 93

    A REGENCY ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE QUARTER-STRIKING EIGHT DAY FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK

    LOUIS RECORDON, LONDON. CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE QUARTER-STRIKING EIGHT DAY FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK
    LOUIS RECORDON, LONDON. CIRCA 1820
    CASE: arched top with geese and laurel leaf and seahorse mounts, a bronze group depicting Susannah and the Elders below, the columns applied with river god mounts to the front, both sides with further mounts in the form of marine trophies, on toupie feet DIAL: white enamel dial signed 'Recordon/LONDON', strike/silent to X and pendulum regulation to XII, blued steel moon hands MOVEMENT: twin chain fusees, anchor escapement, hour strike on bell and quarter strike on further bell; engraved bob pendulum, winding key, regulation key
    22 in. (56 cm.) high; 16½ in (42 cm.) wide; 7¾ in. (20 cm.) deep


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    Louis Recordon is recorded working on Greek Street (Soho) from 1778 to 1824. He was also the agent for the great French horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823). In 1796, he took over Josiah Emery's business and went into partnership with Paul Dupont in the same year. Although he retired soon after, the Recordon firm carried on the business until 1816 when it was succeeded by Des Granges. Cedric Jagger (Royal Clocks, The British Monarchy and its Timekeepers, London, 1983, p.207) notes that the late H.R.H. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, owned a table clock by Recordon that was also quarter striking on two bells.
    The bronze group depicts the Old testament story of Susannah and the Elders. Spied upon by two elders while bathing, Susannah is threatened with a charge of adultery unless she submits to their lust. Refusing to be blackmailed, she is arrested and about to be put to death when Daniel, a young man, comes to her rescue. He shows the elders' story to be false and it is they who are put to death instead.

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