No 191. Carriage clock, case Anglaise by Richard, cloisonné decorations, circa 1880.
Movement by Richard (C.A. et Cie). Case has attractive and colourful cloisonné decorated case, sides, top and handle, Corinthian columns . 8 day movement ,visible platform lever escapement, striking hours and half hour on a gong. Signed and retailed by Howell James & Co, London/Paris. Gilding and cloisonné in a splendid condition. HXWXD: 17,5x10x9,5 cm. Price € 12.000,-
Literature: Allix, Charles & Peter Bonnert: ‘Carriage Clocks: Their History and Development’.
From http://mb.nawcc.org. About the clockmaker Richard.
According to Charles Allix (in his Carriage Clock book), this firm was founded in Paris in1848 under a different name and added a branch in London in 1857. Then in 1867 the branch became Richard & Co. of 24 Cannon Street, London. In France, this would be Richard et Cie. Loomes says that the London business lasted until 1881. Allix also says that the inscription "R & Co" (close to your R & C) without the full trademark probably denotes a clock handled by Richard but not made by them. The Richard trademark contains an R and C with a snake's head in between, all enclosed within an oval.
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