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A good large porcelain mounted gilt-bronze singing bird automaton mantel clock, attributed to Bontems, French, circa 1875
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A good large porcelain mounted gilt-bronze singing bird automaton mantel clock, attributed to Bontems, French, circa 1875
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A good large porcelain mounted gilt-bronze singing bird automaton mantel clock, attributed to Bontems, French, circa 1875
4¼-inch dial with enamel numeral plaques set on a pale blue enamel ring, gilt engine-turned centre with visible Brocot escapement with jewelled pallets, bell striking movement signed  H & F Paris 1876, No.5792 with enamelled butterfly pendulum, the fluted drum case draped with garlands of flowers and surmounted by two doves, the whole raised on a rectangular glazed plinth with seated putti caryatids at the corners and enclosing a brighty plumed bird in a painted landscape, the breakfront plinth with angled corners and inset with three porcelain panels painted with romantic figures in a landscape within blue and gilt borders and containing the separate automaton mechanism causing the bird to sing while moving his beak, head and tail feathers every hour or at will
68cm. 26¾in. high
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