A French carriage clock for the Chinese market
A French carriage clock for the Chinese market

L VRARD & CO (LAIDRICH & VRARD) (worked from 1860)

A French carriage clock for the Chinese market

c. 1880 Switzerland

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£4,850 gbp
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An unusual French Carriage Clock made for the Chinese market by Charles Joseph of Paris for the Swiss watchmakers L. Vrard & Co. who exported many clocks to Shanghai. The gilded Canallee style case is fully engraved with the white enamel dial having Chinese lettering inscribed on it which translate to 'Shanghai, Heng De Lee', Heng De Lee being the Chinese name for Vrard, along with the Anglicised signature 'L. Vrard & Co, Shang-Hai', and with black Roman numerals and a sweep seconds hand.
The eight-day duration movement has a platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half hours on a gong with unusually all the strikework set on the backplate as opposed to under the dial as normal. The backplate is engraved with a repeat of the Chinese name, whilst the inside of the movement is stamped with the trademark of the roulant blanc maker ‘Ch. Joseph’. The base of the case houses the alarm bell as well as having an embossed wax seal.
Charles Joseph had workshops in Rue du Cimetière, Saint Nicolas d’Aliermont with an address in Rue de Montmorency, Paris, the same road in which Jacot was recorded as working and living.
Complete with the original travelling box.
Fully restored
Height 6.00 inch (15.24 cm)
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L. Vrard & Co.
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