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The movement is signed "Charles Frodsham Clock Maker to the Queen, Paris"
and it is numbered: 2798/12-6.
The clock has enamelled Roman numerals within gilt surrounds.
The clock stands on scrolled ormolu feet and has beautiful inlaid brass decoration.
It keeps really good time and is delightful to look at.
In excellent working condition the movement having been beautifully cleaned and serviced in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 31 x Width 16 x Depth 10
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 0 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 4 inches
André-Charles Boulle (1642 – 1732), was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).
Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid paneling and the marquetery furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle's drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.
Charles Frodsham -
(15 April 1810 London–1871 London) was a renowned English watch and clockmaker. He took over Arnold & Co in 1843 at 84 Strand, London. The family business, Charles Frodsham and Co. still holds the Royal Warrant of clock suppliers to the British Royal Family. He was master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1855 and 1862.
Time kept by a Frodsham clock was the official time piece of Australia when it was founded by the British in 1788. The clock remains on display at the Royal Observatory in Sydney.
Frodsham's demonstration double-escapement skeleton clock, numbered 883, manufactured for the Great Exhibition of 1851, is believed to be unique.
An example of a clock by Frodsham is a sidereal clock on display in the Norman Lockyer Observatory.
Sidereal clock by Charles Frodsham on display in the Norman Lockyer Observatory
Our reference: 05724
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