NIGHT CLOCK Signed: Bofenschen à Paris Ca. 1810 France
Signed: Bofenschen à Paris
The spring-driven movement has an verge escapement and a balance. The movement has an up-and-down regulation. At the rare of the movement, on the inside of the vase, there is an mirrored, concave projection dial with Arabic numerals. An oil lamp has been placed in the middle of the vase, the light chamber. An adjustable eyepiece is placed at the rear of the clock to focus the projection.
Round, white enameled front dial with black enameled Roman numerals for the hour indication, Arabic quarter numerals and minute stripes. Under the XII is a small numerical ring with a pointer with which one can regulate the movement. On the left is the “R” of “retard” and on the right is the “A” of “avance”. The wind-up hole is located in the center above the XI. The center of the dial has the signature Bofenschen à Paris. The hour and minute hands are made of blued steel. The hands can be adjusted in the center with a key. The dial is covered by glass in a fire-gilt, guilloche rim.
The cupboard is made of painted metal, so-called Tole, in the shape of a vase. The vase is decorated at the bottom with a gold-colored painting. The vase is crowned by a brass round-cut lid with an open pinnacle on top on which the smoke can escape. The base is made of painted metal and is decorated with brass leaf motifs. The vase stands on four profiled brass fire-plated claw feet and has a patinated square base.
Duration: 30 hours.
H. 49 cm. x W. 15 cm. x D. 15 cm.
Bofenschen, Paris, worked for A.L. Breguet, 1780 rue Saint-Honoré, 1806 Bd du Temple, 1810 rue Croix des Petits Champs, 1813 rue du Temple. He exhibited in 1806. He was an excellent maker of night clocks.