6 December 2006
A French gilt-brass, silvered metal and black marble revolving globe timepiece
Victor Laneuville, Paris, the globe by Maison Delamarche. Circa 1885
The 8 in. (20 cm.) terrestial globe with coloured printed paper gores inscribed GLOBE ADOPTÉ PAR LE CONSEIL DE L'UNIVERSITÉ/MAISON DELAMARCHE Rue Serpente. 25 PARIS, the oceans showing warm and cold currents, the continents with mountain ranges shown, national boundaries marked in orange, the globe mounted on its axis over a mechanism geared to the clock's going train and above a horizontal clear glass calendar ring with bevelled edge, within a plain gilt-brass meridian circle, with calendar pointer to the front, with manual adjustment to the globe to one side, eight day spring barrel movement with Brocot-type dead beat escapement, the back plate stamped Vor LANEUVILLE/MECANICIEN/A PARIS and numbered 6, white enamel Roman chapter ring with skeletonized centre, blued steel Breguet hands, the movement supported by a gilt-brass circular platform signed V.or Laneuville H.er. a Paris, supported in turn by four silvered classical female figures standing on a stepped and moulded square black marble plinth wih gilt-brass paw feet; Apollo mask pendulum
26.5 in. (67 cm.)
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Derek Roberts, Mystery, Novelty & Fantasy Clocks, Schiffer, 1999, p. 102, fig. 8-38/8-41.
A clock of identical design was sold Christie's South Kensington, Clocks and Barometers, 14 December 2000, lot 139.
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