6 December 2006
A French engraved gilt-brass and pietre dure mounted grande sonnerie carriage clock with alarm
J. Klaftenberger, London, No.1591. Circa 1870
The florally engraved gorge case mounted with flower-inlaid pietre dure panels to sides and rear door, conforming mask to the white enamel Roman chapter disc, signed J. KLAFTENBERGER/157 REGENT - STREET/LONDON, blued steel hands, alarm disc below, the eight day spring barrels movement with silvered platform to bimetallic lever balance, strike/repeat/alarm on two gongs to back plate with repeat signature and numbered 1591, the underside with three-position sonnerie adjustment; key
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high, handle down
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Carriage clocks with pietre dure panels are rare. An example may be seen in Roberts (p.155, op.cit. lot 1).
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