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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    A SMALL GILT-METAL, SILVERED, ENAMEL AND GLASS MOUNTED CHIMING TABLE CLOCK

    PROBABLY GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS. JIAQING PERIOD (1760-1820). FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A SMALL GILT-METAL, SILVERED, ENAMEL AND GLASS MOUNTED CHIMING TABLE CLOCK
    PROBABLY GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS. JIAQING PERIOD (1760-1820). FIRST QUARTER 19th CENTURY
    With pineapple finials to the upper angles, flanking a stylised vase mount raised on acanthus leaves and issuing scroll sprays embellished with coloured glass cabochons, with silk-backed sound frets to the top and to the side panels, the latter also applied with foliate bosses, all raised on pierced scroll feet, a silvered plate to the front applied with filigree decoration and gilt-metal animal and trophy mounts, with coloured glass cabochons to the bezel, white enamel Roman dial with brass hands and blued steel sweep seconds, the movement with twin chain fusees and verge escapement, with hour strike on one bell and quarter chimes on six further bells, rear wind and hand-set, the back plate engraved with leafy sprigs and a 'nonsense' signature; winding key
    14 in. (37 cm.) high


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    A Chinese chiming table clock of closely related design was sold Christie's London, Important Clocks and Marine Chronometers, 1 July 2008, lot 9. That clock also had European-influenced mounts to the front depicting birds, dogs and a musical trophy, mounted on a silvered plate. A similar clock was also sold Sotheby's London, Clocks, Watches, Wristwatches and Barometers, 18 December 1990, lot 63.
    The present clock displays many of the characteristics of Chinese workmanship and was probably made in Guangzhou, where clockmaking workshops arose alongside the trade in imported clocks. Although the dial is, typically, unsigned, the back plate on this clock is interesting for having an engraved 'nonsense' signature. Found periodically on Chinese clocks of the late 18th and 19th Century such signatures were meaningless (and in this instance illegible) but reflected the signatures which Chinese craftsmen found on contemporary European clocks.

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