The beautiful case from the Boulle workshops has an arched top, side windows, gilded feet and 3 finials. The arched front is inlaid with brass and pewter engraved marquetry, brass and ebony lining and an arched front glass surround.
The most beautifully made movement of 21 days duration strikes the hours and ½ hours on a bell. It has 5 turned vase shaped back-pinned pillars, large spring barrels finely decorated metal work, silk suspension, verge escapement with cycloidal cheeks and an outside countwheel. The backplate is fully signed.
The 9” dial retains its original velvet covering and has a chapter ring with numbered outside minutes, engraved hands and a fully signed ormolu ornament.
Charles Sarrabat recorded working in St Germain Paris 1632 – 78 died in 1686. He was “ Marchand – horolger privilegie du roi suivant la cour” ( retired in 1678). A clock by him is illustrated in “Early French Pendulum Clocks” by Reinier Plomp No 72 – 73. Working in St Germain would have allowed him to come into contact with the finest case makers and bronzists of the period.
Charles Sarrabats sister was married to Issac Thuret. It is believed that Thuret was apprenticed to Sarrabats father who was from Tours (hence the marriage).
Height: 21″ (54cms)
Width: 11 1/2″ (29cms)
Depth: 5″ (13cms)