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Bracket clock by Paul Rimbault, c.1775

Paul Rimbault

A lovely, elegant late eighteenth-century bracket clock by Paul Rimbault, c. 1780.

The inverted ebonised fruitwood-veneered bell top case has an arched front door with silk-backed brass sound frets in the top corners and a similar door at the back giving access to the movement. The top corners are embellished by pineapple finials, whilst the caseis surmounted by a gilt carrying handle. It rest on gilt brass bracket feet.

The eight-day spring-driven twin-fusee movement has going and striking trains The going train has its original verge escapement. The striking indicates the hours fully on a bell and has trip repeat allowing the clock to strike at any time at will.

The arched brass dial has a silvered brass chapter ring, with Roman hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. Above the VI is a date aperture. The silvered centre is signed below the middle in the following manner:

Paul Rimbault London

In the arch is a subsidiary dial to switch off the striking (Strike/Silent). Around the rings are gilt brass spandrels.

The clock is in excellent condition.

The maker Paul Rimbault was a member of a family of Huguenot clockmakers who excelled in clockmaking. There are some very special clocks known by his hand. His brother Stephen was also a prolific maker. He died in 1785.

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