The oak carcass covered entirely in silver, the interior applied with a crimson wash. Conave moulded caddy surmounted with a sold silver scallop shell and four corner finials. The arches with heads of Minerva within further shells. The canted corners applied with chased silver volutes abover tapered columns decorated with acantus foliage terminating with volute feet and acanthus leaves. Between each foot, the base is shaped and applied with scallop shells and leaves. The side apertures have pierced and engraved frets each centered by a basket of fruit on draped cloth below a canopy and surronded by scrolls and leaves.
The 7.5 x 9 inch breakaech gilt-brass dial with a silvered chapter ring, flanked by Indian mask spandrels, enclosing a matted centre with wheatear engraved calender aperture and mock pendulum. The finely engraved arch with a strike/silent subsidary and boy spandrels above the shaped plate signed Lagisse et fils, London.
The twin fusee movement with the five baluster and ringed pillars with verge escapement and bob pendulum. The rack hour strike on a large bell with the pull quarter repeat on a nest of six further bells. The backplate is beautifully engraved within a wheatear border, having two baskets of flowers on either side of a perched bird and surronded by tight scrolling foliage and further birds heads.
The duration being of 8 days.
Provenance: Rothschild collection until 1980s. Private collection U.K.