A Chinese Market Ebony and Marquetry Striking and Repeating Carriage Clock
A rare striking and repeating French carriage clock possibly made for the Chinese market. The movement of 8 day duration, having twin barrel, being spring driven, sounding the hour and half hour upon a coiled blued steel gong, having jewelled silvered bi-metalic lever platform escapement. The plates numbered 2073. The circular white and blue enamel dial with bold blue Roman numerals, with Arabic gilt five minute divisions and gilt star half hour markers, with full minute circles and all minute divisions marked, having polished and blued steel spade hands. The gilt brass bound solid hand cut ebony veneered case inlaid to a floral Chinese theme possibly depicting cherry trees with blosom, being finely cut and pierced incorporating holly and boxwood, being strung with copper and brass giving finely defined contrasting lines, having three colour inlaid woods to the sides within a semi-circular fan, and being mounted with gilt ball and bar handle with gilt floral pierced aperture to the glazed top panel, and standing upon 4 gilt squared brass feet which are rivited to the ebony base. The highly unusual and rare use of solid ebony within the construction of this case combined with the 2 colour metal inlay and marquetry panels of boxwood and holly is the only example of this type of carriage clock that we have ever seen.