A FINE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILT BRASS GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH ALARM AND REPEAT BY CHAMPION OF PARIS, CIRCA 1850-1860
the unusual case with ribbed decoration to the handle and edges, raised on a plinth base with bevelled glass panels, the white enamelled dial with Roman numerals and trefoil hands, signed to the centre ‘CHAMPION RUE NVE. DES PTE. CHAMPS 21’ with subsidiary alarm dial below, the twin barrel movement with lever platform escapement striking the quarters and the last hour every quarter when set to grande sonnerie, with a winding square to the back which activates a switch for silent / petite sonnerie / grande sonnerie, the backplates signed ‘Champion’,
19cm high handle up
The movement is winding and ticking but not fully tested or guaranteed.
Tardy lists Champion as based at Rue Neuve des Petits Champs from 1830-1860, see ‘Dictionnaire des Horlogers Francais’.