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Guilmet Mystery Clock

Auction:
2804M
Lot:
156
Sold for:
$4,920$4,000

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

Description:

Guilmet Mystery Clock, France, c. 1885, black marble base with incised and gilt floral decoration, cast bezel with beveled glass over the incised 4-in. Roman numeral dial, gilt lion head side handles and paw front feet, surmounted by a patinated metal classical female statue with upraised arm holding a gilt pendulum with a glass bob which swings without an visible means of impulse, eight-day time and strike movement marked Brevete GLT S.G.D.C., ht. 25 in.

Note: Guilmet was granted a patent in 1867 for this type of "mystery" clock. The pendulum is kept in motion by a imperceptible movement of the platform under the statue.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Clock is currently running. Condition very good with only a couple very minor chips to the marble.


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 statue