Lot 531
  • 531

A quarter striking skeleton table regulator with remontoire, Constantin Louis Detouche, Paris, circa 1850

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Brass, steel, enamel
  • 48cm. 19in. high
3¾-inch enamel dial with centre seconds, pin wheel escapement with remontoire powered by tandem spring barrels, the hour and quarter striking trains with count wheels and acting on a top-mounted nest of three bells, grid-iron pendulum, the open frame signed on a plaque C Detouche A Paris, on a black marble plinth

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. 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 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