French three-piece bronze set, ca 1880. The 8-day round French movement is signed, “Japy Freres”. It is typical of most all French movements of that period, striking half hours and hours on a standing gong. A hinged bronze door covers the back opening. The clock case is 13. 5 inches high and the side pieces are 11 inches high, not including the 2-inch-high bases. All three pieces sit on a padded base that is covered with gold gilt around the edges. Each of the pieces has bun feet and is signed underneath in several coded ways. The large base has some chips on the corners. I am just a rookie in the clock business but over my 45 years collecting and selling clocks I have never seen a three-piece set with bases. The front of all three bronze pieces are intricately decorated with animals and foul. The dial ring is slightly soiled and should clean up nicely. The hands are correct, as are the pendulum and key. If I could keep a French set, this would be the one. $500-$750.
French 4-column Empire clock, ca 1890. “F.A.E. que / E. Chatelain / Horlogeries”, stamped on the 8-day movement plate, which would date the clock around 1890. Brown (walnut color) wood case is 16. 5” tall, has inlaid designs on the front and on the base below the pendulum. The inlays are perfect. There are ripple like moldings around the top and base. The case is clean and should need no case work. There is a very nice cast bronze sash around the one piece porcelain dial. The dial is good with very faint hairlines. The dial is signed but I cannot make it out. Original French hands and a replaced, proper type pendulum. Four turned columns with bronze capitals and bases. A very attractive clock that runs and strikes a bell on the hours and half hours. $300-$500.
French Boulle, ca 1950’s. The large case is 23 inches tall, made of wood and painted with gold. After the case was painted gold it was then hand painted all over to resemble real inlaid Boulle and brass. They even painted the inside of the back door to resemble Boulle and brass, just like the originals. On top is a cast ornament and over the case are other castings. The 8-day movement is signed, “FHS / Germany”. It is running and strikes bim-bam on a bell, half hours and hours. This is a very nice clock, looks just like the expensive ones. It was made in West Germany. Note the large porcelain cartouche numerals on the brass dial plate. The front and back doors are glass inside cast brass frames. We have had this clock for many years and everyone who sees it thinks it is the real thing. I have never seen another one. $600-$750.
Lenzkirsch porcelain clock, ca 1891. The round 8-day movement is signed Lenzkirsch and the serial number is “945363”, and according to the company’s records it dates the clock 1891. The elaborate porcelain case is signed with the “crossed swords” trademark of the Meissen pottery company that started business in 1713, and continues today. They used many variations of the crossed swords trademark over the 300 years. This case is made of white paste, and then kiln fired. The cupids are all perfect, so are the tips of the various delicate parts of the case. I see no breaks, chips, hairlines, etc. on the case. There is a bowed and beveled glass in the brass sash, a bowed porcelain dial with blue Roman numeral hours, and Arabic minutes. There are very nice and correct French hands. The back is the same, has a bowed and beveled glass in the sash. The movement has a French type pendulum and it strikes on a bell. $300-$500.
Vienna regulator, one weight, time only, ca late 1800’s. The 8-day movement is signed, “H E Co. ”, it is clean and running. The two piece porcelain dial is perfect, and it has three correct and elaborate hands. The 50 inch walnut case is excellent and has many sections of the case and 6 finials painted black. There are three good glasses, original brass pendulum ball and wood stick, porcelain beat scale, brass wall levelers and brass pulley. This is a fine but simple clock, one you can hang in the guest bedroom and let it run for it will not wake up the in-laws by chiming every 30 minutes. $250-$350.
French marble clock, ca 1890. I could not get a good picture because the marble is so black. Perhaps you can see the porcelain dial and the gold chimney bases, two on each side. The sash is holding a flat glass that has a small chip over the number 10, there is a good one piece porcelain dial with metal center, and a correct pair of hands. On the back is a brass door. Inside is an 8-day movement signed only, “Medaille D’Argent. It has a correct French pendulum and a standing coil gong. $100-$200.