Fine antique French Empire miniature mantel clock in ormolu signed Breguet a Paris

Fine antique French Empire miniature mantel clock in ormolu signed Breguet a Paris
A very fine and small French 1st Empire ormolu miniature lyre clock with movement by the most eminent of clock and watchmakers Abraham Louis Breguet. The whole clock very finely cast and finished and with completely original and superb fire gilt mercury ormolu. A rectangular base on ball feet with stiff leaf moulding and a fine applied ormolu mount of entwined wreaths of laurel and acanthus leaves with a trumpet pinning them together. Above the base two winged griffin type animals with lion's head sit in opposition to each other and on their backs sits the frame of the lyre. The body of the lyre holds the movement and dial and the outside edge is decorated with trails of laurel leaves and acanthus while the arms of the lyre are decorated again with laurel and acanthus but also with vine leaves and terminate in forget-me-not flowers. The bridge between the arms again has forget-me-not flowers and the top of the lyre has a finial composed of flowers around a star. The ormolu bezel surrounding the dial is very well decorated with anthemion. The convex white enamel dial is well set out and the numerals marked out in arabic numerals. There are three hands, two blued steel ones for the hours and minutes and then a smaller one for the inner ring which indicates the days of the month, a very rare feature. There is an asymetric winding hole at 2 o'clock. The dial is beautifully signed above 6 "Breguet a Paris". The movement is quite beautifully laid out, has superb shaping and engraving and a wonderful gold balance wheel. It is finely engraved "Breguet a Paris". The clock dates from circa 1815 and is French. 10.25 inches high by 4 inches wide by 2.25 inches deep ( 25.75cms by 10 cms by 5.75 cms).

Stock Number: 4217

Origin: France

Price: SOLD

Availability: SOLD

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