A French brass and marble industrial mantel clock, fireplace by Guilmet, circa 1890
This French brass and marble industrial mantel clock in the shape of a fireplace can be attributed to Guilmet. The Parisian firm was specialized in mystery and industrial clocks. Although not all of these clocks have a direct connection to the industrial revolution, the type is clearly distinctive from other clocks. There are obviously industrial subjects, but also maritime and automated clocks like windmills and light houses. Derek Roberts, Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks, 1999 Atglen USA pp. 253-284.
The brass case case of this lovely industrial mantel clock shaped as a fireplace has a silvered roof with an engraved surface. At the top it is adorned with a gilt pierced border. The silvered and brass freeze incorporating the dial has a foliate relief surface. The light red fireplace has an engraved brick work pattern with centrally a silvered hearth stone. The outside formed by brass brick work blocks. The silvered floor formed by an engraved tile pattern. On it, there are the trivets connected by a bar. The whole mounted on a red marble base placed on flat brass feet.
The dial has Arabic numerals with a similar foliate relief silvered centre and has blued steel hands.
The 8-day movement is driven by two spring barrels, one for time and the other for the striking work. The clock strikes once on the half hour and all the hours on the full hour with rack striking on a gong. The going train is regulated by a Brocot anchor in combination by a pendulum. The pendulum is formed by the kettle in the fireplace which means that the kettle swings from left to right.