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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "D217 A mid-19th century Beau Lyre clock similar to that sold to George IV"
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To the top of the clock is a sun-burst and hanging down from the front and sides of this are gilded loops of flowers. There are also swags of flowers on either side of the dial secured to the back by gilded nuts in the form of rosettes. There are further loops of flowers around the base, which sits on bun feet.
The five rod gridiron pendulum rests on a knife-edge and its effective length can be varied by a screw mechanism to the top. The bob is formed by two gilded rings, one behind the bezel and the other at the back of the clock. It is also possible to raise or lower whole pendulum assembly.
The very fine quality bell striking two train movement, with circular plates, employs count-wheel strike on a bell and beat setting is provided.
Height:- 23" (58.5cm)
The cases for the first porcelain lyre clocks were produced by Sevres circa 1786 and were much sought after, being purchased by both Louis XVI and George IV. It is thought that by around 1820, when production seems to have ceased, around 35 of these clocks had been made of various different specifications; however the demand for them continued and when they changed hands they did so for high prices.
It was probably this continuous demand which persuaded Sevres, around 1850-1860, to start up production again and this beautiful clock is thought to be an example from this period. It is unlikely that many were made to this very high specification; however rather more of the simpler versions were produced later in the century.
|Height||61.00 cm||(24.02 inches)|