French-industrial-antique-clock-Guilmet-windmill-animated-automaton

A French animated industrial mantel clock, windmill by Guilmet, circa 1880

Description

This animated industrial mantel clock in the shape of a windmill made by Guilmet is unusual and very collectable.

The case

The case is made of cast brass which was patinated and gilt lacquered and placed on a griotte rouge marble base. The boards, bricks, beams and ground all are made with great detail and fantasy. On the half timbered annular base with doors and a barometer is a tiled roof. This is being surmounted by a boarded rectangular upper part with doors and windows incorporating the clock movement. There is also a second separate mechanism in this upper part driving the windmill blades. The whole is topped by a boarded roof with a weather vane.

The movement

The spring driven movement has a duration of eight days which means one needs to wind this once a week. It is regulated by a cylinder escapement in combination with a balance wheel.

Sizes

(Height) 55 cm (Width) 30 cm windmill blades (Depth) 22 cm
(Height) 21.7 in (Width) 11.8 in windmill blades (Depth) 8.7 in

Price

€ 13.500

Signature

Guilmet

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