Pickard & Punant French figural, ca. 1860. This French figural clock stands just 12 inches tall on a gilt bronze base with alabaster inserts. The girl is playing a tambourine with a music stand and several horns next to her, cast in a rich bronze finish. The clock has a porcelain dial, no glass or bezel. There are two very faint hairlines in the dial, too faint to show in our photo. Original French Breguet hands. The movement is signed and strikes the bell on the half-hour and counts the hours. It is running and keeping time. $500-$1000.
French Art Deco onyx clock, ca. 1920. This beautiful archetypal art deco clock is 12.5 inches tall and 12.25 inches wide, with a white onyx base and top and green onyx accents in front and on top. Can’t you just see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing around a room that looked like this clock? Beveled glasses all around, bright brass framing with two curved metal mirrors on either side (forming an ogee curve), and a fancy brass diamond-shaped pendulum. The onyx is clean and crack-free. The metal dial is rather dark but I think it was designed that way, as it does not show uneven oxidation, wear, or soiling. The pendule de Paris movement (signed Marti) has an outside count wheel and strikes a bell on the hour and half-hour. The strike arm needs a bit of adjustment to properly strike the bell; the movement and pendulum have matching numbers. The clock is running and striking on cue. $500-$1000.
Brass carriage clock with filigree trim, ca. 1900. This standard size carriage clock stands 6 inches high with the handle up and has a 2-inch porcelain dial with a filigree dial insert. There is a bright gold front behind a filigree mask, with filigree side panels all behind beveled glasses. The glass in the door shows some chipping in the corners, and there is some dried brass polish behind the glasses on the sides that would clean up easily if you’re willing to take it apart. There is no signature anywhere I can see, and no country of manufacture indicated. The key that comes with it states “Made in England”. It is a time-only 8-day movement, and is running and keeping time. Very nice, I think. An identical carriage clock sold at Schmitt’s in 2004 for $500.
Large champlevé carriage clock, ca. 1970’s? In contrast to the two previous carriage clocks, this clock is probably of more recent vintage. It stands almost 8.5 inches tall with the handle up. The workmanship is of a lower quality than the European carriage clocks. It is an eight-day repeater with an alarm function and is running, keeping very good time, but is not striking the hours. We do not have a key with this clock, but you probably have a standard clock key that will work, and carriage clock keys can be obtained from TimeSavers. The cobalt blue enamel finish is attractive, the dial is porcelain, there are four beveled glasses, and the bronze finish is good. There is no signature or country of origin marked.
ATO battery-operated desk clock, ca. 1925. The case is rosewood with a burl pattern in front and blonde inlay strips surrounding a metal art deco dial and glass with “ATO” on the dial. It is 5.75 inches high and 4.75 inches wide. The brass electromechanical movement is signed “Leon Hatot | Fabricants | Paris, France”. It looks like it ran on a ‘D’ size battery or equivalent but we did not test it, and there is some corrosion at the battery terminals. Hatot’s ATO clocks were like the Bulle electromechanical clocks with a swinging magnetic pendulum, which can be seen behind the back plate; there is a lever to the right to secure it when moving the clock. A couple of sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide at Schmitt’s, typically about $200. $100-$200.
French Chinese champlevé repeater carriage clock, ca. 1970. This multicolored enamel
champlevé carriage is 8 inches tall with the handle up. The case is silver- or nickel-plated and most of the plating is still
present, although it shows areas of tarnish that would no doubt clean up with Nevr Dull wadding polish or Simichrome. It has
a white enamel dial signed “Marrella & Co.” with trefoil hands, a seconds hand, and an alarm dial. There are four beveled,
arched glasses and a beveled glass on top over the silver platform lever escapement with jeweled pallets. The clock is running,
fast, but the strike is out of sequence and I don’t know how to adjust that. There are way too many armatures and gears in the
back to sort out. I assume it is an eight-day movement. The handle is also lost from the back door and so it’s best not
to close tightly. It’s not signed anywhere, and the country of origin is not indicated, but Bob Crowder tells us it is Chinese. It’s really quite nice and only needs a bit of polish to really make it sparkle. Two keys are included. A similar clock
in gold can be seen on page 180 of Derek Roberts’ book “Carriage and other traveling clocks”. $200-$300.
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