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Engraved early bell striking carriage clock with case (c. 1845 France)

Engraved early bell striking carriage clock with case
Title Engraved early bell striking carriage clock with case
Country of Origin France
Dated c. 1845
Medium Gilded
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Grohe Paris
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 13.00cm wide (5.12 inches wide)
16.00cm high (6.30 inches high)
Status SOLD
Literature

Fanelli. A century of Fine Carriage Clocks. Pages 124 & 125.

Description / Expertise

D317. A particularly fine and early bell striking and repeating carriage clock signed by Grohé, circa 1845.

The engraving which smothers the whole of this fire-gilt case, including the solid back door, is of the highest order and must have been most time consuming and demanding to execute with its superb attention to very fine detail. The base is particularly interesting with its delicate floral designs to either side whilst on the front and back our old friend the basilisk appears.

The white enamelled dial, which is signed by Grohé, has gilded hands and his signature Grohé Paris appears on the backplate.The case bears the number 816 to the base.

The leather travelling case, which has been relined, is still in good order. It has a carrying handle on top which has an embossed design around it and side clips. The sides and back are also embossed. There is further gilt decoration to the front, including a gilt urn with flowers to the slide-up front door.

Height with/without handle 6.5"/5.2" (16/13 cms.)

An almost identical clock by Grohé, but signed Grohe Wigmore Street, London and with two subsidiary dials, appears in “A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks” by Joseph Fanelli, pages 124 & 125, where he comments “ James Grohe, like other London makers-dealers, imported clocks for sale but also sold superb English carriage clocks, possibly from his own workshop. His firm appears to have been in business under the Grohe name for about fifty years. No items of poor quality were sold.”

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