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Lot 1248: A RÉGENCE TURTLESHELL BOULLE BRACKET CLOCK, CLAUDE DU GRAND MESNIL, PARIS, CIRCA 1720 |
26 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10¾-inch twelve-piece cartouche enamel dial, the movement with five vase-turned pillars, outside count wheel striking on a bell, later Brocot escapement and steel suspension, signed on the backplate C.D.G Mesnil A Paris, the case surmounted by a seated figure of Mercury above scroll, chariot and mask mounts, the whole veneered in brown shell and inlaid with foliate scrolls; on an later associated bracket
Dial has hair cracks to I, II, VII and XI but otherwise good. Movement is complete but very much in need of a clean and service, later Brocot escapement and fixed steel suspension. Case in generally good condition with old cracks, repairs and minor lifting to inlay throughout, upper front mount loose but we have it, gilding is rather dirty and rubbed. Later associated bracket in comparable condition. With pendulum and case key but no winder.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Dimensions: Clock 109cm. 43in. high; Bracket 35.5cm. 14in. high
Saleroom Notice: US regulations contain restrictions and prohibitions on the import of certain items which are designed to protect wildlife conservation. Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US.