A delightful hammered brass antique French novelty clock in the form of a lighthouse, dating from c.1900.
The Arts and Crafts style of case has a wealth of detail – The intricate brickwork detailing of the rocks upon which the lighthouse is based and the patterned grips of the ladder steps lead to well-cast railings. The lighthouse has a hinged and latched arched door, and windows of mottled swirled blue glass. The joints are edged with riveted brass strips.
Although a folly, this is a very well-crafted sculpture, made by an accomplished craftsman.
The top section comprises a small French drum timepiece clock, the 2 1/2-inch dial in relief, the Arabic numerals painted white to match the hands.
The caged ‘light’ cupola that crowns the clock is an early form of red plastic.
The clock movement is to be overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.