CANVASES, CARATS AND CURIOSITIES

A.R. Guilmet Mystery Table Top Clock from M.S. Rau

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This stunning French mystery clock by A.R. Guilmet is a delight to behold, combining captivating artistry with mechanical genius. The patented bronze figure stands upon a black slate base, holding the pendulum above the intricate spring-driven movement. The great mystery behind this clock is that the pendulum is connected to the figure’s hand, not to the movement in the base, making it swing as if by magic.

 

 

Mystery clocks are among the most fascinating timekeeping mechanisms ever created. Crafting these intriguing pieces required an aptitude and talent of exceptional proportions. A.R. Guilmet is one of the foremost names in the creation of exceptional French mystery clocks. He was granted a French patent or "brevet" for the mystery clock in 1867, which ran for fifteen years for a "Pendule à marche mystérieuse." To find a mystery clock in such beautiful, working condition is truly rare.

Circa 1885

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