NIGHT CLOCK ATLAS Ca. 1850 France
NIGHT CLOCK ATLAS
The spring-driven, day-going movement of this night clock is constructed between plates, connected by shaped pillars. It consists of a going train only, with verge escapement and regulation, situated on the backplate.
The translucent chapter ring is set in a gilt-brass bezel, which has the signs of the zodiac with stars in between. It has Arabic hour numerals with quarter-hour and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a single blued-steel arrow-shaped hand. In the middle is a ribbed gilt-brass disc with a pearl string around the outer rim. Behind the dial is a candle in a candlestick, the light of which shines through the white glass chapter ring and allows reading the time in the dark.
The case consists of a fine gilt-bronze Atlas figure who bears the movement on his shoulders and who stands on a stepped grey marble base embellished with gilt brass mouldings. The whole rests on four very thin feet.
Duration 24 hours
Height 37 cm
Width 12 cm
Depth 1,5 cm