CARRIAGE CLOCK Blondeau 1836 France

Carriage clocks


Signed: Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris
Spring signed and dated: Montandon Julliet 1836

The spring-driven brass plated movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as an alarm. The going train has a spring barrel with a fusee and a Swiss lever escapement with adjustable balance on a platform. The striking indicates the hours fully and the half-hour with one stroke on a bell. It also has repetition. The striking spring barrel issigned and dated Montandon Julliet 1836. The bell and winding squares are situated on the backplate.

The matt silvered brass dial has three separate chapter rings. The larger one has Roman hour numerals, with five minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a fine pair of gilt brass hands. The smaller chapter rings have Arabic numerals, at the bottom left indicating the date, that on the right to set the alarm. The maker has signed the dial between the two subsidiary dials Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris.

The case
The gilt brass case has facetted glass all around so that the movement is almost entirely visible. It is surmounted by a carrying handle and a repetition button. It can be put in the original leather-covered travelling case for transport, The travelling case is signed Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris.

Duration 1 week

Height 15.5 cm.
Width 10.5 cm.
Depth 8 cm.

Dimensions travelling case
Height 18 cm.
Width 12.5 cm.
Depth ac10 cm.

*Price € 19500

– Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, pp. 61 and 471.
– Ch. Allix & P. Bonnert, Carriage Clocks, Woodbridge, 1981, p. 432.

The maker
Blondeau was working in Paris at Rue de la Paix from around 1830 until 1840. He was a well-known and very ingenious clockmaker. With the development of the French carriage clock, around 1810, the name of Breguet comes up as the originator. It was Paul Garnier who gave the carriage clock industry its momentum. However, the Paris ‘Exposition’ in 1827 is seen as the great breakthrough for the development of carriage clocks. At this Exposition Blondeau introduced an eight-day ‘Montre de Voyage’, with calendar, moon phase and Grande Sonnerie striking. Blondeau was also represented at the ‘Expositions’ of 1834 and 1839. Possibly the carriage clock with the signed case was made for ‘Duc de Vallombrosa’. This clock was exhibited in 1827 and signed ‘Blondeau Horloger Bte du Roi, Rue de la Paix No 19’. It also carries the name of Lézé, Blondeau’s successor.

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