Mantel and Table Clocks

Mystery half hour striking clock

    Mystery half hour striking clock

    France, Paris

    The 1840s

    Robert-Houdin Jean Eugène

    Wood, steel, brass, glass; mechanical and carpentry work, wood carving, gilding

    43.2 x 18 x 10.8 cm


    Mystery clock is mounted on ornately shaped, gilded, adorned with carved onlays stand. The upper part of the stand is covered with sand-colored velvet. The lower part of the clock is cast gilded socle, decorated with branches, scrolls and rocaille on the front side, the sides are ribbed. The clock case rectangular part is from gilded brass. The case upper tier is surrounded by cast plinth with Ionic ornament from three sides. The sides of this part of the case are formed by curved surfaces, facade and rear side are flat. The front side is decorated with cast gilded composition comprised of mascaron surrounded by acanthus leaves, rocailles and garland.
    Ornately shaped stand with curls on lateral sides stands on the flat upper surface. Cast bracket in the form of foliage composition is on this stand. It supports smooth bezel of round translucent dial with black Roman numerals for hours ‘designation in two points. The axis of the gilded hour hand in the form of an arrow with plumage crosses the dial center. The hand has no visible connection with the clockwork. The hand is set in motion by transparent glass disk rotation. The movement from the mechanism to the hand disk is transmitted via internal worm gear hidden in the bracket. The clock mechanism mounted in the stand with eight-days winding reserve, half-hour strike upon the bell and pendulum. Four winding holes for winding the mechanisms of the clockwork and strike, the hands setting and escapement adjustment are on the case rear side. The clock belongs to the second series of Mystery Clocks, with round translucent glass dial and one hour hand by the French watchmaker Eugene Robert Houdin.
    Double sided key is in the set.