The very finely engraved gilt brass case with glazed sides and back, having bevel edge glass to the front door exposing the superb gilt masked and engraved dial plate and four enamel dials. The case showing testiment to the high degree of craftsmanship with its slender gilt pillars with doric caps and bases, having ball finials with gilt and knurled compressed bun feet. The whole being hand engraved of an intricate floral design. Being surmounted by a high dome or bubble exposing the gilt spring detent escapement.
The main dial set with Roman numerals being signed below VI Berrolla a Paris. having pierced and blued steel. With rectangular section below having the dials for day/date and alarm with arrow head blued steel hands.
The impressive movement sounding the hours and quarter hours on two polished bells via two brass hammers and the rack and snail striking system. A glazed bubble top exposes the spring detent escapement, having blued steel helical balance spring to the cut and compensated bimetallic balance with key stone weight and timing screws. The movement with Petite Sonnerie,day,date and month calendars.
Berrolla, Paris Circa 1850
An outstanding giant engraved grande sonnerie, repeating french chronometer carriage clock with day, date and alarm.
The Berrolla family were recorded as living in Paris Rue de la Tour between 1850 and 1860. They showed their carriage clocks in the Paris exposition of 1839 and the Rapport Du Jury Central, and further exhibitions in London of 1851 and 1857.
This clock can be seen on pages 54 and 55, Joseph Fanellis book entitled A century of Fine carriage clocks published New York 1987.
For an almost identical clock see Derek Roberts Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks pages 210-211 and figures 13-5 a, b, c and d.