Carre Bracket Clock, ca. 1770

Value (2006) | $8,000 Retail

GUEST:
The person who gave it to me, she, uh, was, um, Asian Art Historian, uh, professor in UH. And, uh, uh, she give to me because we're very close. And she decided to move back to China--

APPRAISER:
Uh-huh.

GUEST:
--for rest of her life. So gave it to me, then I had it, then I put on the side. I didn't have a chance to actually look closely that I have knowl-- no knowledge of this thing.

APPRAISER:
Okay. This is called a Bracket Clock.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
Uh, it was made in Paris. In the 1770s. And the maker's name is right on the dial here.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
Louis David Carré. He worked in- in Paris. He died in the late 1770s. Uh, what's unusual about it is that it's a French Bracket clock. Most of these bracket clocks which were very popular in the late 1700s were made in England. Another thing that's unusual about it is that it has this wonderful old surface. It hasn't been, uh, refinished and-and repaired. This one has been left alone. You can see it has a porcelain dial and it has these wonderful brass feet and, uh, a normal little mount here and, uh, and nicely cast brass handle. We can see it has this fish scale design in- in the side windows. Someone has added the fabric behind it; that fabric is not original. It's an eight-day clock, so it would run for one week on a winding.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
And on the movement, it's got the name of the maker engraved. There's a pendulum that would go here that would swing back and forth. Do you have that?

GUEST:
I don't-- what I have is there.

APPRAISER:
Okay. Uh-huh. Well, the pendulum is missing, but that, that isn't really a problem. Another pendulum could be found or- or made for it.

GUEST:
Yeah. Mm.

APPRAISER:
Um, we can see that the condition uh, is very nice. This is a clock that a, uh, a collector would pay about $8,000 for.

GUEST:
Phew!

APPRAISER:
So, it's, uh--

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
--it's quite a valuable clock and thank you for bringing it in.

GUEST:
Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc
Sharon, MA
Appraised value (2006)
$8,000 Retail
Event
Honolulu, HI (August 26, 2006)
Period
18th Century
Material
Brass, Wood

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