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Charles Oudin Rosewood French Clock Numbered 228 With Matching Garniture

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A very original early Rosewood French clock and matching garniture by the famous Charles Oudin.
Charles Oudin was a famous maker in his own right, however he is also known for being the apprentice of father of horology Breguet. Charles Oudin the elder and his brother Nicolas each had a son who became a watchmaker, and both were employed in the Paris workshop of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823), considered the creator of modern horology. Breguet held the Oudin cousins - Charles, (the son of Nicolas, 1768–1840) and Joseph, (the son of Charles Oudin the elder (1773 - circa 1842) -in high esteem. During the time they spent in his workshop, they took part in the creation and production of several of his important inventions, from the simple souscription watch to the most elaborate "perpétuelles", or self-winding watches.
The best known and most prolific of the two cousins, however, was Charles. Charles Oudin developed a clever equation of time system that could be adapted to Breguet "souscription" watches, allowing them to indicate both true, or solar, time, and mean time, which is used in everyday life.
When Breguet fled France during the French Revolution, taking refuge in Switzerland, Charles Oudin (known as "Oudin Sedan" in the Breguet account books) helped his assistant, Boulanger, continue to run the workshop. Abraham-Louis Breguet respected him greatly, and went so far as to offer him the position of head of the workshop, which Oudin politely refused. Breguet also gave him permission - which he very rarely gave - to sign his watches "Charles Oudin, élève de Breguet" (Charles Oudin, student of Breguet). Oudin's watches are, indeed, on a par with those of his master.
The Charles Oudin firm took part in the important exhibitions of the time - the national Exhibitions of the Products of French Industry, and later the International Exhibitions that were among the most important events of the 19th century.
The company participated in the Exhibitions of the Products of French Industry in 1806 and 1819. In 1806, Charles Oudin was awarded a medal for a watch that was wound by the pendant - an exploit at the time. At the 1819 exhibition, the firm exhibited, among other things, an "equation watch with an ingenious system"[8] for which it was favourably cited.
Charles Oudin also took part in the International Exhibitions of London in 1862 and Paris in 1867.
For these two exhibitions, Oudin-Charpentier published catalogues that described in detail the pieces shown [9],[10]. Among them were the "Duchesse" clocks (Nos. 17 and 18, 1862); a rock crystal châtelaine and watch (No. 24, 1862); a pocket chronometer with remontoir and equation table (No. 47, 1862); a mantel regulator made for Emperor Napoleon III (No. 1, 1867); a mother-of-pearl watch ordered by the Czarina of Russia who gave it to Princess Dagmar, the wife of Czar Alexander III of Russia (No. 38, 1867); and a minute-repeating watch with remontoir and grande sonnerie, made for the Count de Villafranca (No. 55, 1867).
During this period Charles Oudin made many extraordinary watches for Europe's royal families. Among his clients were the Russian Czar and Czarina, the King and Queen of Spain, the King of Portugal, Empress Josephine, Napoleon III, the Count de Chambord, the King of Italy, the King of Greece, and Pope Pius IX
The rosewood clock numbered 228 is in a most amazing original finish and has been fully overhauled by me personally ensuring that your investment is in the best condition it can be.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 36 cm (14.2")
Width = 22 cm (8.7")
Depth = 16 cm (6.3")

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