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.