Lot 107: Robert-Houdin Electric Pendulum Clock. French, ca. 1858. Outstanding example of this electric-powered clock devised by the Father of Modern Magic, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, and produced in conjunction with the firm Detouche. The interior of the

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Description: Robert-Houdin Electric Pendulum Clock. French, ca. 1858. Outstanding example of this electric-powered clock devised by the Father of Modern Magic, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, and produced in conjunction with the firm Detouche. The interior of the brass pendulum houses four insulated coils, and bears the cast name ñHoudin.î Case 18 _ x 5 _ x 3î, brass dial 3 _î diameter. Ivory-insulated pendulum 12 1/8î long. Fine unrestored condition. Rare. Robert-Houdin developed and manufactured his famous mystery clocks from 1831 _ 1844. After his retirement from the stage, he devoted time to designing and constructing electrical apparatus, automatons, household apparatus, and safety devices, both for personal use and wide applications. He also installed electric clocks in his home near Blois, France, known as The Priory. Later, with the cooperation of Detouche, he introduced electric wall and mantle pendulum clocks to the public at large. While much attention has been paid to the master magicianÍs mystery clocks, his electric timepieces are perhaps rarer and no less exceptional in craftsmanship. Fewer than six wall model electric clocks by Robert-Houdin have been located in collections both public and private.
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