BREGUET NO.2519. A BURR ELM REPEATING GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH ALARM, PARIS, CIRCA 1810 |
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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- 19.5cm. 7¾in. high
3¼-inch enamel dial signed Breguet, blued steel Breguet hands, steel alarm hand, strike/silent and strike selection levers at 10 and 2, the milled bezel with bevelled glass and concealing the single winding square, the substantial two-train movement with single tandem spring barrel, the large gilt platform with plain three-arm balance to the Robin double lift escapement, grande sonnerie striking on two rod gongs, the cadrature mounted on the backplate, pull-wound alarm, push repeat, signed on the integral movement stand Breguet et Fils, No.2519, alarm bell mounted below, the rectangular case with brass carrying handle, sliding back panel, moulded base and brass bun feet, the front with a signed and numbered oval plaque, the whole veneered in richly figured wood
Count Lanza di Mazzarino and thence by descent to the current owner.
Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) is regarded as having been one of the most important watch a clock makers. An innovative horologist, he trained initially in Switzerland before moving to Paris in 1862 where he completed an apprenticeship. Renowned for the high quality of his work, Breguet was highly sought-after by European Royalty and nobility and his watches and clocks can be found in some of the most important collections in the world. This fine carriage clock demonstrates the typical features of Breguet's work in its innovative single tandem barrel, beautiful exposed striking work, Robin escapement and elegant case. By the time Breguet died in 1823 his son had joined him in the business which by then had become Breguet et Fils. The great English horologist George Daniels greatly admired Breguet and in his book, The Art of Breguet, 1973, he describes and illustrates the escapement used in this clock on page 320.