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Robert Houdin Swinging Glass Dial Mystery Clock

Auction:
2804M
Lot:
139
Sold for:
$15,990$13,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2804M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
April 25, 2015 10:00AM

Description:

Robert Houdin Swinging Glass Dial Mystery Clock, France, c. 1835, two patinated metal classical female figures hold up a bracket supporting a clear glass Roman numeral dial marked Robert Houdin, Paris, with pierced gilt hands, all above a gridiron pendulum with a blue, star studded, sphere as the bob which contains the eight-day, time-only movement, ht. 26 1/2 in.

Note: As the pendulum swings the hands mounted on the glass dial tell time with no apparent connection to the movement.
Estimate $7,000-9,000

Clock currently running. Slight loss to gilt on Roman numeral IIII.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

France, metal classical female figures, Robert Houdin, Paris