Mantel and Table Clocks

Mystery clock with candleholder

    Mystery clock with candleholder

    France, Paris

    circa 1840

    Robert-Houdin, Jean-Eugène

    Metal, glass, fabric, wood; casting, gilding, glass and mechanical works

    41 х 12 х 12 сm

    On the clockwork mounting plate and case details: “80”; on the key: “SWISS MADE/3 25”


    The clockwork is mounted in rectangular case on four corner feet, assembled from cast bronze elements decorated with engraving, ornately shaped decorative details, inserts and onlays. Smooth rear side is a locking door. Cast vase is mounted on ornately shaped top side, two-chimeras shaped bracket on this vase, that support smooth bezel of round transparent dial with black Roman numerals. External double concentric scale with large 15-minutes and small 5-minutes divisions. The dial consists of two glass discs: translucent front and frosted rear one. The axis of the blued black spear-shaped hour hand crosses the dial center. The hand has no visible connection with the clockwork and is driven by rotating rear-frosted disc. The movement is transmitted from the mechanism to the disk by the thread that passes through the bracket and wraps the driven disc. The candle installed in ornately shaped candlestick serves to illuminate the dial in the darkness. The clockwork has eight-day power reserve and chaff-cutter. Gilded wooden stand, decorated with medallions and volutes, with top panel covered with dark red velvet is below the clock. The clock is similar to the second series of Mystery Clock by the French watchmaker Eugene Robert Houdin with transparent glass dial and one hand.

    The key for winding the clock and hands’ adjustment is in the set.