Liao Pin ed., Clocks and Watches of the Qing Dynasty, From the Collection in the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2002
For another jardiniere clock see lot 1505 and footnote. A jardiniere clock in the Palace Museum, Beijing shows automaton flowers of closely related design to those found on the present clock but which are not fully functioning (see Liao Pin, p.55). On the Beijing clock a flower also spins to the front and when the petals open a fairy rises from the flower; a similar figure was probably originally in place on this clock.
For a discussion of Qing Palace fascination for decorative 'potted plants', given as tributes from the Guangdong workshops, see footnotes to lot 1505.