A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
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A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
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A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET

JOHN MOTTRAM, LONDON, CIRCA 1780

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A GEORGE III ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON TOWER CLOCK, PROBABLY MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
JOHN MOTTRAM, LONDON, CIRCA 1780
CASE: composed in the form of a four-tier pagoda, the top adorned with an obelisk finial and the upper three tiers enclosing potted pineapple plants, all mounted with colored pastes, the lower part centered at the front by the circular clock dial, each side inset with a blue enamel panel partitioned with ormolu and blue paste studded borders enclosing polychrome floral and foliate garlands enhanced with colored pastes and centered by scenes of a floral bouquet over a lush garden, raised on splayed foliate feet, top section of obelisk finial probably lacking, with printed and inscribed Ann and Gordon Getty Collection inventory label
DIAL: with a pink paste-set bezel and convex glass to white enamel 5 inch dial with Roman hours and Arabic five minute markers, with two gilt spade hands and a blued-steel center seconds hand, adjusted by an ormolu knob centered below the dial
MOVEMENT AND AUTOMATON: with a dead-beat pin wheel escapement, probably quarter-striking, both the clock movement and automaton with fusees, the four-tune musical pin barrel activating twelve hammers on ten bells, the enamel tune selection dial signed JOHN MOTTRAM, LONDON and numbered 1-4, when powered the paste-set finial and potted pineapple plants revolve while music plays

42 in. (106.7 cm.) high, 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) wide, 12 in. (30.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
The collection of Miss Derry, by 1934;
Thence by descent to her niece, by 1968, until sold;
‌Anonymous sale; Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London, 12 December 1980, lot 60.
Acquired from Jeremy Ltd., London, by Ann and Gordon Getty in 1981.
Literature
K. Harding, 'The Musical Clock the Emperor Never Heard', Clocks, 1983, pp. 31-34.
I. White, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets, English Clockmakers Trading in China & the Ottoman Empire 1580-1815, Sussex, Antiquarian Horological Society, 2012, fig. 8.35a-b.
Dr. P. Bevan, The Pagoda Clock at Anglesey Abbey, Postdoctoral Fellowship: British Inter-University China Centre, University of Manchester, and the National Trust, 2015, pp. 1-39.
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