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Charles Frodsham. Petite sonnerie on bells. Engraved on all sides (c. 1860 France)

Charles Frodsham. Petite sonnerie on bells. Engraved on all sides
Title Charles Frodsham. Petite sonnerie on bells. Engraved on all sides
Country of Origin France
Dated c. 1860
Classification CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS (worked from 1834)
Medium gilded brass
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Charles Frodsham
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 11.00cm wide (4.33 inches wide)
13.80cm high (5.43 inches high)
Status SOLD
Description / Expertise

D254. An exceptionally fine gorge cased carriage clock, probably specially commissioned by Charles Frodsham, whose name is engraved in flowing script across the bottom of the backplate, for an important customer; the most likely supplier being Drocourt. It has petite sonnerie striking on two bells, ie the clock strikes the hour on one bell at a relatively low note. At a quarter past a double note or ting-tang is struck; at half past two ting tangs and at a quarter to the hour three. When the clock is repeated it will sound the last hour followed by the last quarter, as with a grande sonnerie clock. There is also a strike/silent lever in the base.

We cannot recall having seen a better quality gorge cased clock. It is smothered in fine and very detailed engraving of particularly good quality. Instead of the usual glazing to the sides, back and top superbly engraved panels are employed.

The gilded chapter ring with delicate roman numerals, is signed Charles Frodsham Paris and within this and on the mask surrounding it is finely executed and detailed floral engraving. Even the carrying handle is engraved.

Ht with/without handle 5.4"/ 4.3". (13.8/ 11cms. ) £6,950.

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