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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 90

    A CHINESE ORMOLU TIMEPIECE TABLE CLOCK WITH MUSICAL MOVEMENT

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS, QIANLONG DYNASTY (1736-1795)

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    A CHINESE ORMOLU TIMEPIECE TABLE CLOCK WITH MUSICAL MOVEMENT
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS, QIANLONG DYNASTY (1736-1795)
    The drum case supported by an elephant above stepped plinth, white enamel dial, the timepiece movement with four pillars, chain fusee, maintaining power, large cylinder escapement and plain steel balance wheel with five crossings, backplate engraved, gilded and signed with a 'nonsense' signature 'cutta weuttinais', jewelled/diamond end stone, the timepiece movement trips the musical movement every hour, musical movement with chain fusee, six bells, six hammers and playing three different tunes
    15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) high; 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm.) wide; 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.) deep


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    Whilst this clock shares many stylistic elements with Chinese made clock cases it also clearly shows the western design influence on the workshops of Guangzhou, particularly that of the London jeweller and goldsmith James Cox (c. 1723-1800). The elephant support to the paste-gem embellished drum case and the galleried stepped plinth on scroll feet may be compared to features on both a musical automaton clock from the Ilbert collection in the British Museum, London, and that sold Christie's, London, 5 July 2012, lot 21.



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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of a distinguished Swiss Private Collection (lots 39, 84 & 90)