• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 59

    A SMALL CHINESE ENAMEL-MOUNTED AND PASTE-SET GILT-BRASS MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TABLE CLOCK

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A SMALL CHINESE ENAMEL-MOUNTED AND PASTE-SET GILT-BRASS MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TABLE CLOCK
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: the foliate-mounted arched case with moulded top surmounted by a pineapple finial, scroll and foliate frames to blue ground enamel side panels with red and gilt decoration, mounted with coloured paste gems and enamel and with rows of pastes to the door frame and scroll feet
    DIAL: 3½ in. wide with enamel spandrels to white enamel chapter disc, brass hands, painted automaton waterfall scene with automaton rowing boats and automaton oarsman to the arch
    MOVEMENT: with triple chain fusees, verge escapement, hour strike on a single bell and playing the music hourly on a nest of eight bells via eight hammers and 1½ in. long pin barrel, engraved border and 'nonsense' signature to the back plate; winding key
    13½ in. (34 cm.) high; 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) wide; 5½ in. (14 cm.) deep


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    The design of the present clock, with its distinctive moulded top and its gently bombé sides clearly derives from those used for automaton clocks in the late 18th Century, by makers such as Francis Perigal. See, for example, an ebony musical clock sold anonynously, Christie's London, 2 July 2004, lot 74.

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