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Laidrich & Vrard - An Engraved Carriage Clock for the Chinese Market

An unusual French Carriage Clock made for the Chinese market by Charles Joseph of Paris for the Swiss watchmakers L. Vrard & Co. who exported many clocks to Shanghai. The gilded cannelée style case is fully engraved with the white enamel dial having Chinese lettering inscribed on it which translate to 'Shanghai, Heng De Lee', Heng De Lee being the Chinese name for Vrard, along with the Anglicised signature 'L. Vrard & Co, Shang-Hai', and with black Roman numerals and a sweep seconds hand. The eight-day duration movement has a platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half hours on a gong with unusually all the strikework set on the backplate as opposed to under the dial as normal. The backplate is engraved with a repeat of the Chinese name, whilst the inside of the movement is stamped with the trademark of the roulant blanc maker ‘Ch. Joseph’. The base of the case houses the alarm bell as well as having an embossed wax seal. Complete with the original travelling box. Height: 6 inches (15.25 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

L. Vrard & Co

L. Vrard & Co. were amongst the most eminent Swiss watchmakers and specialized in watches for the Chinese Market. They were founded in 1860 under the name Laidrich & Vrard and as of 1862 the firm started its operations in Tientsin, followed by a branch in Shanghai which also represented Swiss watch manufacturer Bovet-Fleurier. Charles Joseph Charles Joseph had workshops in Rue du Cimetière, Saint Nicolas d’Aliermont with an address in Rue de Montmorency, Paris, the same road in which Jacot was recorded.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1014

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Laidrich & Vrard - An Engraved Carriage Clock for the Chinese Market

An unusual French Carriage Clock made for the Chinese market by Charles Joseph of Paris for the Swiss watchmakers L. Vrard & Co. who exported many clocks to Shanghai. The gilded Canallee style case is fully engraved with the white enamel dial having Chinese lettering  inscribed on it which translate to 'Shanghai, Heng De Lee', Heng De Lee being the Chinese name for Vrard, along with the Anglicised signature 'L. Vrard & Co, Shang-Hai', and with  black Roman numerals and a sweep seconds hand. The eight-day duration movement has a platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half hours on a gong with unusually all the strikework set on the backplate as opposed to under the dial as normal. The backplate is engraved with a repeat of the Chinese name, whilst the inside of the movement is stamped with the trademark of the roulant blanc  maker ‘Ch. Joseph’. The base of the case houses the alarm bell as well as having an  embossed wax seal. Complete with the original travelling box Height: 6 inches (15.25 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

L. Vrard & Co

L. Vrard & Co. were amongst the most eminent Swiss watchmakers specialized in watches for the Chinese Market, founded in 1860 under the name Laidrich & Vrard. As of 1862, the firm started its operations in Tientsin, followed by a branch in Shanghai which also  represented Swiss watch manufacturer Bovet-Fleurier.

Charles Joseph

Charles Joseph had workshops in Rue du Cimetière, Saint Nicolas d’Aliermont with an  address in Rue de Montmorency, Paris, the same road in which Jacot was recorded.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1014

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