Pocket watch converted to table clock, its from between 1902 and 1904. The case its hand carved, an amazing job!
160mm x 120mm x 38mm.
6.3in x 4.7in x 1.5in.
International Watch C.º on the dial, inside its a swiss movement signed by the famous watch maker Charles Ed. Lardet, Fleurier. It's a pocket watch on a clock case, the movement it was cleaned and serviced in Nov2018.
Estimated Production Year: 1902-1907
The watchmaker died in 1904 (from a short illness?...), so this clock should be from between 1902 and 1904, one of the last ones that he had made.
Lardet, Charles Edouard
Swiss watch manufacturer
Charles Ed (ouard) Lardet was born in 1832 in Fleurier in Switzerland. The company founded by him was also listed as CEL in 1891, CH Bovet-Lardet and Louis Lardet in 1897. Since these brand names are also listed in Arabic letters, probably a part of the clocks was exported to Arab countries. What is certain is that Charles Ed. Lardet delivered to Spain watches. The company won a bronze medal at the 1878 Paris World Fair. The company purchased watches from Louis Audemars .
In Madrid, the company had a clock studio; The painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) painted a scene that arose as a result of Hodler's stay in Spain in the period from October 1878 to June 1879. It is known from letters that Lardet, as patron of the young artist, supported his stay in Madrid. So today we find in the Lucerne Museum of Art an amiable and accurate view of a watch workshop by the most important Swiss painter of the 19th century. The interior represents the workshop of the Neuchâtel-born clockmaker Charles Edouard Lardet at the Plaza de la Provincia 3 in Madrid ( see this location).Today this picture is in oil on canvas in the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Presumably Lardet was pictured here.
Charles Edouard Lardet was born in Fleurier in 1832 . Named from 1875 to 1876 Swiss vice-consul in Spain, he was from 1877 Consul General. Lardet died in Madrid in 1904 .