Height: 15.500 mm
Width: 121.000 mm
Depth: 60.500 mm
Room 38-39: Clocks and Watches
Carriage clock by Breguet et Fils
Paris, France, AD 1822
Pendule de voyage
Abraham Louis Breguet is said to have been the inventor of the carriage clock. Typically, these clocks usually took the form of a metal framed case, glazed on all four sides, and with a carrying handle at the top. For his highest quality carriage clocks, however, Breguet used a case of individual design consisting of a round topped, 'hump-back' case, with silver chains at the top for carrying. The firm of Breguet made these carriage clocks between about 1812 and 1830. This particular example is typical of the style and was made in 1822, at a time when Abraham Louis was working with his son Louis Antoine Breguet. The clock was sold to a Colonel Cook on 7 October 1822 for the sum of FFr4,800.
silver case has the maker's mark 'L· L'
with a fleur-de-lis above and a star below. This is probably the
mark of the Parisian silversmith Louis Legay whose business was in
Quai de L'Horloge, the same street as Breguet. The
spring-driven movement with a
G. Daniels, The art of Breguet (London, Sotheby, Parke, Burnett, 1975)
C. Allix, Carriage clocks: their history (Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club, 1974)
D. Roberts, Carriage and other travelling (Atglen, Schiffer Publishing, 1993)