30 October 1996,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 23,000
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU MONTH-GOING MANTEL REGULATOR
robin, horloger du roi et de madame, circa 1815
The circular silvered Roman dial with finely sculpted blued steel arrow-head hands, large subsidiary seconds ring below XII, the winding squares with engraved directional arrow-heads, signed Robin hrger. du roi et de madame above VI, the movement with massive circular plates secured with four back-pinned pillars, twin-going barrels, deadbeat escapement with steel pallets of Graham's design, fine beat adjustment to the crutch piece for the steel knife-edge suspended gridiron pendulum swinging against a calibrated silvered beat scale, countwheel strike on bell on the backplate engraved Robin hrger. du roi et de madame, the ormolu architectural case with pedimented top applied with a wreath mount to the tympanum, palmettes and foliate mounts to the frieze, glazed sides and rear door with plain pilasters having foliate-cast capitals, the rectangular base on block feet
20½in. (52cm.) high
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Probably Jean-Joseph Robin d.1858, son of his illustrious father Robert Robin who became clock maker to the king in 1782. Jean Joseph is recorded in Rue St Honor©e between 1806-1812 and Rue Richlieu 1815-1825.
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