ART DECO CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE Circa 1920 Switzerland
ART DECO CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE
in the style of ‘Cartier’
A Swiss Art Deco carriage clock with grande-sonnerie striking, date indication and alarm. The clock has a spring-driven brass plated movement with a platform lever escapement, hairspring balance and regulation. The unusual striking train indicates the time according to the ‘grande-sonnerie’-system, i.e. on the hour the hours and quarters on a bell, on the quarters the hours and quarters on a gong. The striking can be set at the back for Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie or Silence, indicated by the engraved letters G-P-S. In addition, the movement has repetition, sounding the hours and quarters last struck at will by pushing a brass button on top of the case.
The engine-turned rectangular silvered brass dial has three chapter rings. The square one at the top indicates the time on a Arabic chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. The blued steel hands are shaped in a typical Art Deco style. The subsidiary dial bottom left shows the alarm time whereas that on the right indicates the date; both have Arabic numerals and small blued steel hands.
The gilt-brass case has stepped panels painted in black and red to the sides. All aspects of the case remind of the style developed by Cartier at the heyday of the Art Deco period. The movement can be accessed via a door at the back, behind which is the backplate with the winding squares, the hand setting square, the selector for the striking and the alarm setting square. The case of this Art Deco carriage clock is surmounted by an angular gilt-brass carrying handle and rests on a stepped base.
The original wooden travelling case, which protects the clock during transport, has a cream coloured lining and is covered on the outside with black leather. It can be opened at the front via two doors which are locked by two delicate clasps.
*Price on request
Duration 1 week
Height 20 cm.
Width 14 cm.
Depth 11 cm.