Tobias Birch Clocks - Antique Bracket, Carriage, Longcase, Mantel, Skeleton and Wall clocks

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Recordon, London.

SOLD

Impressive English bronze and ormolu mounted mantel clock depicting 'Susannah and the Elders'. The bronze break arch top with ormolu mounts of swans and mythical creatures. The cast, beaded and floral pattern bezel with holes for the strike/silent function and timing regulation.

The white enamel dial signed Recordon London with Roman hour numerals and Arabic quarter minute numerals with blued steel winding grommets. Blued steel Breguet hands. The eight day double fusee movement with ting-tang quarter striking on two bells.

The bronze columns each with two bronze mounts of sea serpents intertwined with a trident and lobsters on a shield to both sides. Ormolu mounts to the front of male and female figures standing among bulrushes on a shell with an ormolu mask below. The superb bronze figures of 'Susannah and the Elders' sit on a bronze base with an ormolu mythical water creature. The 'verde antico' marble base sits on six ormolu bun feet.

Louis Recordon was a Swiss born clock and watchmaker, his workshop was in Greek Street, Soho. He was the London agent for Abraham-Louis Breguet, the famous Paris based watchmaker. In 1805 Recordon took over the workshop from the watchmaker Josiah Emery, one of the first to use the lever escapement after Thomas Mudge, many of his watches and clocks are signed Recordon late Emery.

The Royal Collection has a watch by Recordon that belonged to George III.

  • Date circa 1820
  • Height 22 ins. (55.9 cm)

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