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PROPERTY OF A WASHINGTON STATE COLLECTOR

A fine and very rare astronomical skeleton table regulator with remonotoire and quarter striking, C.L. Detouche, dated 1842
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 36,000 USD
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PROPERTY OF A WASHINGTON STATE COLLECTOR

A fine and very rare astronomical skeleton table regulator with remonotoire and quarter striking, C.L. Detouche, dated 1842
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 36,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A fine and very rare astronomical skeleton table regulator with remonotoire and quarter striking, C.L. Detouche, dated 1842
6in silvered annular dial signed Constantin Louis Detouche, Paris, 1842, with concentric seconds and Equation of Time hands, two subsidiary dials below for day of the week with symbol and annual calendar with the equation kidney visible through the center, the movement with Graham-type deadbeat escapement and jeweled pallets driven by a small spring barrel which is wound at frequent intervals by a remontoire train geared to the hands and driven by two large spring barrels, the seconds hand advanced every second beat by a ratchet on the crutch, the gridiron pendulum pendant from the front, the gilt-brass lenticular bob inset with a thermometer, striking the hours and quarters on three glass bells, the long brass lifting levers with counter-weights, the whole supported on four gilt-brass lifting levers with counter-weights, the whole supported on four gilt-brass columns with polished steel and gilt-brass finials and raised on a moulded eight pillar black marble stand with chased ormolu frieze and similarly decorated pillars and feet.
height 86 cm (34in)
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Provenance

Sotheby's London, September 29, 1995, lot 632

Catalogue Note

C. L. Detouche, a fine and ingenious maker, had premises at Rue de Venise in the 1820's and then moved to Rue Saint-Martin in Paris. He devised many interesting horological mechanisms in association with Robert Houdin, Brisbart Gobert and Oudin.  He took an early interest in electrical horology, and in 1851 patented an electro-magnetic clock. One of these clocks was exhibited in Electrifying Time, The Science Museum, London, December 1976-April 1977 and is illustrated in the  booklet  (published Antiquarian Horological Society) plate 6.  The dial is signed C. Detouche  Fournisseur de  L'Empereur Rue St. Martin No's 228 and 230 Paris.

For other slightly later examples of skeleton clocks with glass bells by this maker, see Derek Roberts, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, figs. 100 a&b and F. B. Royer-Collard, Skeleton Clocks figs. 5-32 & 5-33.  Also see Sotheby's New York, April 2004, lot 27.

For one of Detouche's most innovative and unique pieces, a soothsayers automaton clock, see Sotheby's, New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, December 2, 1999, lot 58

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