Lot 1205* - A196 Furniture, Porcelain & Silver - Thursday, 25. March 2021, 01.30 PM
RARE AND FINE ASTRONOMICAL TABLE REGULATOR CLOCK WITH SECOND, MONTH, DAY AND MOON PHASE
Louis XVI / Directoire, Paris ca. 1800/10. The dial signed Ferdinand Berthoud (Ferdinand Berthoud, 1727-1807, maître in Paris 1754), this clock possibly by his nephew Louis Berthoud, who initially signed with his uncle's name.
Brass and bronze, chased and parcel-gilt. Skeleton movement with five enameled chapter rings. Central chapter ring for the Roman hours, there-above: a dial painted with clouds and stars, indicating the phases of the moon. The lower part features three slightly staggered chapter rings for the day, date and month. Movement with scissor escapement and large driving gears, which protrude from the sides. Compensation rear-pendulum. Probably a 30-day movement, striking the 1/2-hour on bell. The spring of the striking mechanism operates the astronomical indications. On a black stone plinth with gilt spherical feet. The front of the base is decorated with pierced and gilt bronze.
35 × 13 × 62 cm.
Provenance: Swiss private collection.
Month hand, bent. Pendulum fork, missing.
Ferdinand Berthoud, son of a "justicier" of Val-de-Travers, learned the art of watchmaking from his brother, Jean Henri (1741-1745), and is considered one of the leading watchmakers in the whole history of clocks. His pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers are among the finest works of the 18th century.
CHF 25 000 / 35 000
€ 23 360 / 32 710
Sold for CHF 43 000 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.