Lot No. 74 (93rd Auction)
Cabrier, London, 131 mm, 1600 g, circa 1710

An exceptional quarter repeating coach clock with quarter hour and hour self strike, alarm and date and month indicator - of noble property
Case: outer case - silver/coated with ray skin. Inner case - silver, open-work, engraved baroque decoration, rear bell, pusher for repetition. Dial: enamel, central engraved turnable alarm disc. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 3 barrels for striking and alarm train, 4 hammers, verge escapement, steel balance.

This remarkable carriage clock has an outer case covered with ray skin and decorated with ornamental studs and sound holes as well as a finely executed inner case. The open work balance cock is striking with its fine floral engraving and the escutcheon plate in the centre. Above it is a prince‘s crown with two rampant lions on the sides.

Charles Cabrier II
Charles Cabrier‘s father (a French watchmaker who emigrated to England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes) and his son - Charles Cabrier I and III - were both reputed makers as well. Cabrier himself began his apprenticeship in 1719, was a member of the Clockmakers‘ Company from 1726 on and a master from 1757 until 1772. Until 1759 he had a workshop in 79 Broad Street, near Finsbury Circus; he then moved to Pig Street - which does not exist anymore - near Threadneedle Street. The watch we have here may have been a joint effort by Charles Cabrier II and his son. Baillie mentions Charles Cabrier II as a "famous maker", Britten calls him a "celebrated maker".
Estimate  12,000 - 18,000 €
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