11 December 2002
A Victorian engraved gilt-metal desk timepiece in the form of a bon-bon dish, in the style of Thomas Cole
The case engraved overall with flower heads and leaves on a hatched ground, the quatrefoil base with internal ratchet winding system and hand-set and regulation to the side, foliate engraved handle, the concave gilt dial with engine-turned centre and black painted Roman chapters with blued steel fleur-de-lys hands, the single barrel three-quarter plate movement with three-arm steel balance to lever escapement
7in. (18cm.) diameter, 2½in. (6cm.) high
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A desk timepiece of related design is illustrated in J.B. Hawkins Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking, Sydney 1975 pp.138-139. A comparable example by Thomas Cole was sold in these rooms 9 June 1999, lot 5.
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