• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY EIGHT DAY LONGCASE REGULATOR

    ALFRED MOUNTAIN, LONDON, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY EIGHT DAY LONGCASE REGULATOR
    ALFRED MOUNTAIN, LONDON, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: glazed movement viewing doors to sides, carved mahogany apron below dial, the plinth with fielded panel, the backboard mounted with a bevelled-edge mirror glass panel, on stepped base DIAL: 11½ in. diameter silvered and engraved regulator dial, with observatory markings to seconds ring, signed 'A.F. Mountain, London S.W', blued steel hands MOVEMENT: of massive construction, with thick rectangular brass plates secured by large double-screwed pillars, Vulliamy dead beat escapement with jewelled pallets, the wheel train with six crossings and Harrison's maintaining power, the escape wheel with jewelled end-caps, fine adjustment to the crutch-piece; the steel rod stirrup pendulum with replaced mercury jar (mercury removed), blued steel pointer swinging against a calibrated silvered beat scale; replaced brass weight, case keys
    72 in. (183 cm.) high; 19 in. (48.5 cm.) wide; 11¾ in. (30 cm.) deep


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    Alfred Mountain is recorded in London 1881. Victorian arched regulators of related design are illustrated in D. Roberts, English Precision Pendulum Clocks, Atglen, 2003, pp. 241-254. The present example is notable for its massively constructed and superbly finished movement.

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    Provenance

    The Vitale Collection of Highly Important European Clocks, Christie's New York, 30 October 1996, lot 119.