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Auction 126, Lot 63

"[French Globe Clock]", Delamarche, Charles Francois

Subject: Globes

Period: 1868 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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This rare globe desk clock features at its top a terrestrial globe with engraved and hand colored paper gores and inscribed "Delemarche Paris Rue Serpente 25 1868." The clock spins the globe one revolution each 24 hours. The globe may be turned to set the pointer to match the local time, making it easy to determine the time anywhere on the globe. The movement bears the "Medaille de bronze" with serial number 68382. While the clock maker is not identified as far as we can see, the Bronze Medal and the date on the globe (1868) coincide with the award given to Samuel Marti in 1860. This information matches no other French clock maker. The dial is white enamel with Roman numerals and brass hands in black. The patented solid brass pendulum escapement is mounted on the dial and supported to the back with two brackets. The rack strikes the bell on the half and full hours. The base is solid bronze with gold gilt applied. On the base are three beautifully hand painted medallions, two oval and one large rectangular. They feature cherubs and a young woman. The clock is 100% original including the pendulum. A beautiful example of French clock making in a most ornate style.


Condition: B+

The gilt is near perfect with little or no wear. There are some abrasion on the globe with portions of the engraved surface missing. If it were re-varnished, it would not be very noticeable.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000


Closed on 12/3/2008