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An important and rare quarter striking and musical automaton ormolu table clock, William Carpenter, London, circa 1780 and later
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 301,250 GBP
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100
An important and rare quarter striking and musical automaton ormolu table clock, William Carpenter, London, circa 1780 and later
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 301,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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An important and rare quarter striking and musical automaton ormolu table clock, William Carpenter, London, circa 1780 and later

4¼-inch enamel dial with centre seconds, flanked by subsidiary dials for strike/silent and tune selection, all set on a circular surround painted with a rural scene and with automaton figures in 18th Century dress crossing a bridge above a simulated stream, the massive three train fusee circular movement signed on the backplate Willm Carpenter, London and engraved with foliate scrolls, with five knopped pillars, inverted verge escapement with later silk suspension, striking the hours and quarters on two bells, playing one of six tunes at every hour on a carillon of ten bells and driving the automaton features, the drum case with paste-set bezel surmounted by cagework and paste-set urn flanked by two paste-set revolving trees, the sides embellished with foliate mounts, supported by metamorphic caryatids raised on a later French gilt-brass breakfront plinth inset with a Sevres-style painted porcelain plaque depicting a putto, on a further giltwood base


102 cm. 3ft. 4¼in. high
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Catalogue Note

William Carpenter worked at various address in Soho from 1770;  he specialised in making elaborate musical, chiming and automaton clocks, some of which were destined for the Eastern market. In 1817 he retired to Hoxton. This clock shows many similarities to a clock by the same maker in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London although that example retains the original base.

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