The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.
The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.
The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.
The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.
The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.

The Basilisk carriage clock, with very finely decorated metal panels.

c. 1885 France

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D333. The skill and time involved in the production of these clocks must have been of a very high order. Basically a finely detailed design of the decoration was created featuring birds, flowers, foliage and a variety of animals, including the mythological beast, the basilisk, which is similar to the snake, but always maintains a hump to the centre when moving. It has the power to kill other animals or people at a glance.

Once the design was completed the background was taken away around the animals, birds, flowers, etc a painstaking job, and the plate silvered. The animals, etc were then protected from further plating by covering them with a clear lacquer and the plate bronzed,, leaving the animals, etc , standing out against the bronzing. Finally the bronzed and silvered parts were protected so that the features requiring gilding could be plated. It is difficult to contemplate just how much highly skilled time must have been involved.

An example of one of these clocks was acquired by Richard Perlman who examined it in detail and subsequently wrote it up in the NAWCC Bulletin of February 2006. He noted that the prime object illustrated in the decoration was the Basilisk, a name which has now been given to these clocks.

The silvered main dial, with black roman numerals, has a scalloped and gilded border and below it is a similar plaque, shaped roughly like a shield, which bears the initials CAC ? Thought to be those of the original owner. The attractively shaped carrying handle features a Basilisk, about to eat a bird, on both aspects. The main decoration to either side of the case is again a Basilisk, coiled around an animal and about to bite it. There are also tiny birds and flowers and foliage. The central feature in the attractively shaped panel on the back door is a person sitting on a chair and wearing a hat. Around the base are different animals, including an elephant, various members of the cat family, monkeys, etc and again the basilisk killing an animal.


Height with/without handle.7.5"/6" (19/14.5cms.)
Very good
Dimensions
Height 19.00 cm (7.48 inches)
Width 14.50 cm (5.71 inches)
Stock Code
D333
Medium
Brass
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