8¼-inch dial with bibbed mask and foliate scroll spandrels, matted centre with calendar and mock pendulum apertures, signed C. Du Chesne, London, the leaf engraved arch with central lunar date dial enclosing a penny moon aperture flanked by further dials for day-of-the-week and month with maximum days, a strike/not strike lever on the upper right corner, the large four train fusee movement with eight knopped pillars, pivoted verge escapement, pull repeating the quarters on six bells and playing a tune at every hour, or at will, on twelve bells with twenty-four hammers, each of the two music cylinders pinned for two tunes, a tune change lever to the right of the case, the backplate well engraved with leaf scrolls, birds, baskets of flowers and a bust all within a wheatear border, the case with brass urn finials and caddy cresting above a frieze fret, side carrying handles above broken-arch glazed panels, the deep plinth incorporating a drawer for the spare music cylinder and the keys, on a turntable base with brass bun feet, the whole decorated with chinoiseries in shades of gilt on a dark green ground; the rear and the interior with inventory marks E.3155; restoration to music and repeating trains
A similar clock in a red japanned case is illustrated Bassermann-Jordan The Book of Old Clocks and Watches George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1964 colour plate XI
A further example in an ebonised case was sold in these rooms lot 277 3rd October 1991
The music cylinders engraved with the names of the tunes:
1st cylinder: Marche des Grenadies de Prusse; Marche des Bostangis
2nd cylinder: Aimable Vainqueur; A Trumpet Minuett
Claudius Du Chesne came to London from Paris circa 1690 and was Free of the Clockmakers' Company from 1693 to 1730; he was a well respected maker who made a number of complicated astronomical and musical clocks.
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