The dial is also gilt bronze with 12 individual enamel cartouches and blued steel hands. The rear door is glazed with frosted glass.
The French movement is of high quality and is by Japy Freres. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is an old replacement. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a gong. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, beautifully clean and bright some wear and marks. The dial is also in excellent condition just some tiny nibbles to the number 4 and 8 cartouches, next to the winding holes.
Sir Richard Edward Tracey (1837 - 1907)
The inscription on the rear of the clock records records it as a gift to Sir Richard Edward Tracey on the occasion of his second marriage, to Hon. Adelaide Constance Rohesia de Courcy, on the 30th November 1887. Sir Richard had an illustrious Navy career, at the time of his marriage being Captain and soon afterwards reaching flag rank in 1888. He became an ADC to Queen Victoria in 1885. He was promoted to Vice admiral in 1893 and then Admiral in 1898. He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) in May 1898.
The mark of CHLES MT is found on the movement backplate, The serial number of the movement is on the bezel, the movement is certainly original to the case. Other clocks of this age with the CHLES MT mark have been found with the Eugène Baguès to the dial. This together with the superb quality and the distinctive style of clock give us confidence that the set is by the great bronze founder.
Maison Baguès was founded in 1860 as a specialist in liturgical bronzes. Eugène Baguès took over from his father Noël in 1880 and expanded into the production of bronze light fixtures, clocks and high quality interior elements. The company gained and international reputation, expanding the company’s operation to New York, Rome and Cairo. Noted for their high end hand crafted work, such as complex carved sconces and hand-strung crystal chandeliers, Maison Baguès appealed to an elite clientele. While Baguès’ Art Deco crystal lighting fixtures drew the most attention, the company was also known for bespoke metalwork that drew commissions from important interior designers and decorating firms such as Maison Jansen and Raymond Subes. The idiosyncratic genius Armand-Albert Rateau used Maison Baguès accessories to decorate the interiors of Jeanne Lanvin’s town home in 1928. Maison Baguès products have also been featured in luxury hotels like Paris's George V, and the Savoy in London. The company continues today. (1stdibs).
The mark CHLES MT is found on clocks signed Eugene Bagues to the dial.
Listed in Tardy Dictionnaire Des Horlogers Francois as working at 31 Rue des
Francs-Bourgeois, Paris in 1880.
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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