Large French brass figural clock featuring a pair of peacocks. It is 25 inches wide and 17. 5 inches high, and very heavy. The metal castings are resting on a large slab of multi colored marble. There are four brass feet underneath. The 8-day round movement is signed, “Made In France”, and has a bras bell and French pendulum. It has been running consistently since it came to us. The brass dial is slightly bowed and unsigned, while the brass sash is holding a convex glass. One peacock is missing its crest, otherwise there are no missing parts. All of the metal is dark and tarnished, apparently has never been cleaned or polished. The consignor said he purchased the clock that was part of a huge collection of French clocks. $600-$800.
Gustav Becker carved wall clock, ca 1895. The 8-day movement is signed by Becker with their trademark circle stamp. It is running and striking a coil gong on hours and half hours. The pendulum is correct for the movement as it takes a special attachment for both the movement and pendulum. The movement is clean, operating and striking properly. It has a one-piece dial ring and brass inner dial, and nice original hands. The dial ring is silver with painted numerals. There is a round glass over the dial but no glasses on the sides. Instead the sides are carved, same with every inch of the entire case. The door has a side hook. The walnut case is 34 inches tall and 18 inches wide, clean and polished, complete and original. The wood is very dark, probably never cleaned to remove any smoke. The inside of the case is covered with red felt. I have sold scores of Becker clocks but this one is sure different, and very attractive. $800-$1200.
Rare French brass and glass carriage clock with an 8-day time and bell striking movement, also with two calendar dials, day of the month and day of the week, ca 17th Century. It is running and striking half hours and hours on a nickel bell and the calendars are functioning correctly. All the hands appear to be original to the case. It is 5 ½ inches wide and high. Black marble base, brass case, glass only on the front and entire top, back and sides are brass. Both glasses are beveled and very good. The brass has scratches and shows wear on the back hinged door. Front door has a knob, back door does not. Not signed anywhere, movement and case are numbered, “1861”. $1000-$1500.
French brass cased carriage clock, ca 1870, time, strike, repeat, and alarm in a finely engraved case with center seconds hand. The alarm hand is off, now taped to the top glass. The 6 ¾ inch high case is loose. I am guessing one or more new beveled glasses were installed and case was not tightened by screws underneath the base. Neither the dial nor 8-day movement is signed. The movement is sluggish, runs a bit and stops. All five beveled glasses are perfect, top of case is full beveled glass. The hinged back door is not tight, probably because case not tightened from underneath. $1000-$1500.
French bronze clock with Napoleon and his horse on top, ca 1880. The bronze case is 16 inches tall and 11 inches wide, decorated with cast bronze adornments all around the case. The one-piece porcelain dial has small chips at 4 and 12 o’clock and hairlines around. The backside of the clock is just as attractive as the front. Napoleon has a long sword on his side and there is a bowed and beveled glass in a hinged sash, covering the movement opening. The 8-day movement is signed two places, “Japy Freres” and another place, something “Paris”. The movement is running and striking half hours and hours on a nickeled bell. There are floppy chain reins, and movable stirrups that he has his feet in. The gilt or bronze is bright but would be much brighter if the black were cleaned off the metal. Nice collectable French clock. $750-$1000.
Gubelin, Lucerne, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fine watches and jewelry since the mid 1800’s, and they also retailed clocks, many made by other Swiss manufacturers. This clock on a shelf is such a product. The painted wood case is covered with brass, has a key locking glass door in front and a latching door in back. The dial, movement, pendulum, and case are all signed by Gubelin. The clock is 18 inches but on the shelf both are 25 inches high. The dial is comprised of large porcelain cartouche numerals, porcelain inner dial, and original hands. Interesting that the pendulum is also signed by Gubelin. The clock is running and striking on a bell. $750-$1000.