A beautiful French small porcelain panelled carriage timepiece stamped on the backplate “R” and “C” with intertwining snakes inbetween and the number 157. The clock dial has Roman hour numerals with gilt inner and outer circles, blued steel spade shaped hands and musical instruments decorated in the centre. The left hand panel shows a young boy musician and in the right hand one there is a girl seated on a swing above a guitar, both in an idyllic rural setting. The small gilt case is attractively engraved with flowers and foliage.
Height: 4 ¼ in (11 cm) excluding handle
Width: 3 in (8 cm)
Depth: 2 ¾ in (7 cm)
* Richard et Compagnie are listed on page 449 of Charles Alix’s ‘Carriage Clocks, Their History and Development’ where they quote Richard’s entry in Kelly’s ‘Directory of the Watch and Clock Trades 1887’ as offering “French clocks and carriage clocks (own make) and All Our Own Made Goods are of Guaranteed Quality and bear our Trade Mark.”
Signed / Inscribed
“R” and “C” and the number “157”