Enamelled globe clock (c. 1873 France)

Enamelled globe clock
Title Enamelled globe clock
Country of Origin France
Dated c. 1873
Classification ANTOINE REDIER, PARIS (1817-1892)
Dimensions 20.00cm high (7.87 inches high)
Status SOLD
Description / Expertise

D160. Antoine Redier. (1817-92). Redier produced a small series of fine quality rotating enamelled globe clocks on which are marked out the lines of longitude and the continents outlined in blue. Many of the islands are also shown. There is a gilded brass equatorial band which is marked out for the hours and halves and bears domed enamelled arabic numerals
(1 to 12 twice). The time is indicated by a decorative engraved and gilded hand. On the first series of these clocks the equatorial ring is rotated to set the clock to time whereas on the second series, of which this is one, the time is set by moving the hand.

The gimbal supporting the globe rests on a turned brass column with an octagonal rouge marble base. Whereas on the earlier clocks the mainspring is wound just by turning the globe anti-clockwise, with this clock the globe rotates freely. To wind it a two pronged key is inserted through the base of the gimbal into a brass disc at the bottom of the globe
which is attached to the movement. Rotating the globe anti-clock-wise will then wind the clock.

The globe is signed and dated below the horizon ring Redier a Paris, 1873 and beneath this is Redier’s decorative monogram, which acts as his trade-mark.

Much is written about Antoine Redier in Dictionaire Des Horologers Francais, which contains a photograph of him. He was born in Perpignan in 1817, trained in Paris under Perrelet and worked there at Cour des Petites Ecuries, succeeding Duchemin in 1850 at Place du Chatelet, moving to Cour des Petites-Ecuries in 1860. By 1870 the business had become “Et Cie.” He died in 1897.He conducted experimental work on chronometers, regulators conical pendulums and in many other areas.

Height; 7.75". (20 cms ) £7,350.

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