• Lot 137

    Barrett & Van der Cloesen. A lot of one gilt metal, enamel and pearl-set two train pair case openface hour striking stop centre seconds coach, made for the Chinese Market, and one silver pair case hour striking coach watch with alarm, in fitted box

    SIGNED WILLIAM BARRETT, LONDON, NO. 505, CIRCA 1750, AND BERNARDUS VAN DER CLOESEN, HAGUE, CIRCA 1710

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    Barrett & Van der Cloesen. A lot of one gilt metal, enamel and pearl-set two train pair case openface hour striking stop centre seconds coach, made for the Chinese Market, and one silver pair case hour striking coach watch with alarm, in fitted box
    Signed William Barrett, London, No. 505, circa 1750, and Bernardus Van der Cloesen, Hague, circa 1710
    Barrett: gilt-finished two train verge movement, chain fusée, pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, diamond endstone, en passant hour, quarter and half hour striking on one hammer onto a bell, metal dust cap, white enamel regulator-style dial, outer Arabic seconds divisions, independent centre seconds hand, four subsidiary dials for time, month and lunar calendar, date and strike/silent, circular engraved and floral decorated case and pierced band, similarly decorated pierced outer case with pearl-set bezel, the reverse set with a later blue glass plate, superimposed white and blue enamel ring, pearl-set border, movement and dust cap signed; Van der Cloesen: gilt-finished three train verge movement, chain fusée, pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, hour, half hour and alarm striking on one hammer onto a bell, silver dial, Roman numerals, single hand, inner gilt alarm disk with central alarm hand, heavy circular case with engraved and pierced floral decorated band, silver, later green textile and pinwork decorated outer case, movement signed
    112 mm. & 117 mm. diams. (2)


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    With fitted wooden display box numbered 1 3.74.

    Bernard (or Bernardus) Van der Cloesen, The Hague, is listed in Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World by G.H. Baillie, Volume 1, p. 324, as "1688-1719. A maker of repute who worked for Huygens". Christian Huygens (1629-1695), generally considered the leading mathematical physicist of his time, patented the first pendulum clock which significantly increased the accuracy of time measurement.