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A.E. Bourdin: A Fine Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock with Seconds Dial

A large grande-sonnerie carriage clock by this fine maker. The eight-day duration movement has a platform lever escapement and strikes both the quarters and hours at each hour on two bells (grande-sonnerie strike), with a lever to the back allowing for changing to petite-sonnerie (just the quarters at each quarter) or silent. The backplate of he movement is stamped with the Bourdin serial number 4469 whilst the frontplate is stamped with the mark of the roulant blanc maker Holingue (H.L.) along with the their serial number 5527. Other Bourdin clocks are known with Holingue movements including 3701 and a Drocourt clock of a similar design is also known with the H.L. mark. The shuttered rear door has typical Bourdin floral decoration and is signed Bourdin, Hger Brevete, R de la Paix, Paris along with the selection lever and markings for setting and winding the alarm. The backplate is engraved with the settings for the day and date dials along with the serial number. The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, blued steel moon hands, a seconds dial and three subsidiary dials for day, date and alarm and has a repeat signature and address. The corniche style case is typical of Bourdin with the distinctive handle most associated with his clocks and with a push button repeat to the top. Height: 7½ inches (19 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below A.E Bourdin Athanane Elisee Bourdin, born circa 1811,  was a fine maker of carriage clocks and was awarded various medals at the Paris Expositions for the manufacture of carriage clocks; a Bronze in 1844, Silver in 1855 and another Bronze Medal in 1867. The Rapports de Jury of the 1855 Exposition Universelle were certainly fulsome in their praise of him. In 1837 he succeeded the clockmaker Sourian, continuing his business at rue de la Paix 10, but by the following year had moved to Rue de la Paix 24. In 1849 a change of street layout, as was common around this period of Parisian history, saw the number change to 28, although he was still at the same premises. The address is often engraved on the rear door of his clocks and this has allowed me, using serial numbers, to start to accurately date the years of manufacture, especially when having the Holingue (H.L.) roulant blanc number as well. This example can therefore be accurately dated to circa 1853/4. Numerous French mantel clocks are known stamped on the backplate with the Bourdin name, although it is more than likely that these were made for him by others, including Vincenti et Cie, to be sold in the Bourdin shop. Following the reconstruction of Rue de la Paix in th early 1870s, Bourdin moved for a short period to rue de Seze, 10.

Price: Sold

Ref: SRR161

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A.E. Bourdin: A Fine Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock with Seconds Dial

A large grande-sonnerie carriage clock by this fine maker. The eight-day duration movement

has a platform lever escapement and strikes both the quarters and hours at each hour on

two bells (grande-sonnerie strike), with a lever to the back allowing for changing to petite-

sonnerie (just the quarters at each quarter) or silent. The backplate of he movement is

stamped with the Bourdin serial number 4469 whilst the frontplate is stamped with the

mark of the roulant blanc maker Holingue (H.L.) along with the their serial number 5527.

Other Bourdin clocks are known with Holingue movements including 3701 and a Drocourt

clock of a similar design is also known with the H.L. mark. The shuttered rear door has

typical Bourdin floral decoration and is signed 'Bourdin, Hger Brevete, R de la Paix, Paris'

along with the selection lever and markings for setting and winding the alarm. The

backplate is engraved with the settings for the day and date dials along with the serial

number.

The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, blued steel moon hands, a seconds dial

and three subsidiary dials for day, date and alarm and has a repeat signature and address.

The corniche style case is typical of Bourdin with the distinctive handle most associated with

his clocks and with a push button repeat to the top.

Height: 7½  inches (19 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below. A.E. Bourdin Athanane Elisee Bourdin, born circa 1811,  was a fine maker of carriage clocks and was awarded various medals at the Paris Expositions for the manufacture of carriage clocks; a Bronze in 1844, Silver in 1855 and another Bronze Medal in 1867. The Rapports de Jury of the 1855 Exposition Universelle were certainly fulsome in their praise of him. In 1837 he succeeded the clockmaker Sourian, continuing his business at rue de la Paix 10, but by the following year had moved to Rue de la Paix 24. In 1849 a change of street layout, as was common around this period of Parisian history, saw the number change to 28, although he was still at the same premises. The address is often engraved on the rear door of his clocks and this has allowed me, using serial numbers, to start to accurately date the years of manufacture, especially when having the Holingue (H.L.) roulant blanc number as well. This example can therefore be accurately dated to circa 1853/4. Numerous French mantel clocks are known stamped on the backplate with the Bourdin name, although it is more than likely that these were made for him by others, including Vincenti et Cie, to be sold in the Bourdin shop. Following the reconstruction of Rue de la Paix in th early 1870s, Bourdin moved for a short period to rue de Seze, 10. Price: Sold

Ref: SRR161

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