Malachite clock with rare movement by Rodier Hr a Paris.

Fine antique malachite and ormolu clock by Rodier a Paris dated in the movement 1846. This clock was and always has been veneered in malachite and has not been later veneered as almost all malachite clocks on the market have been.. The malachite is of deep colour and with fine swirls and is Siberian malachite. The case has been consrtructed in the traditional way with malachite. The case has been mounted with some ormolu to give contrast but the malachite has really been left unadorned to show it s own special beauty. The ormolu mounts comprise laurel wreaths at the yop spandrel corners, cornucopia below the dial, bracket feet and mouldings at the base and pediment. The white enamel dial is unusually signed in blue as are the chapters. The hands are gilt bronze and of moon form. The bezel around the dial is of ormolu and features flowers within a beaded border. The movement is unusual and has a spring signed by Louis Gagriel Brocot and is an early re-introduction of the rack strike in French clocks and also the steel suspension for the escapement, for which Brocot has been credited. Signed on the dial Rodier Hler a Paris. Stamped on the movement Rodier a Paris and also "Pons Brevette" and the number 356. Rodier was working as a clockmaker in Paris and was known to have been working at Rue des Petits champs in 1812 and in Rue Charlot in 1850. 14.5 inches high by 10 inches wide by 5.5 inches deep

Stock Number: 4980

Price: SOLD

Availability: SOLD

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