A French gilt brass cloisonne enamel carriage clock with petite sonnerie and alarm, circa 1890
The 5.2-cm creme dial has Arabic numerals just als the alarm subsidiary below. Both dials are fitted in a beautiful polychrome cloisonne enamel mask. The hands are of the Breguet type and made of blued steel.
The movement is driven by two spring barrels and has a duration of eight days. it is regulated by anchor escapement in combination with a bi-metallic compensated balance. The clock has rack ‘petite sonnerie’ quarter striking on two gongs with repeating on demand. On the bottom of the case is a lever which allows one to either stop the striking (silence) or strike petite sonnerie. The movement has an alarm which is driven by a small spring barrel and is striking on one of the gongs.
The cloisonne enamel case
The rectangular gilt brass case is surmounted by a shaped handle. It is throughout decorated with beautiful polychrome cloisonne enamel. It has beveled glass panels to all sides and is raised on small annular feet.