Lot 48
  • 48

A George III ormolu, Geneva enamel and paste-set musical automaton quarter striking tower clock for the Chinese market, London, circa 1790

1,000,000 - 1,500,000 GBP
2,266,500 GBP
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composed of five tiers, the surmount with a multi-faceted automaton star above rotating paste-set pillars enclosing English enamel plaques which transform into a paste-set rotating drum, the subsequent tiers each supported by eight pillars to the canted corners and comprising; a rotating enamel-mounted cube set on each side with contra-rotating whorls; an enamel-mounted cube with 2½-inch enamel clock dial and containing a two train chain fusee movement with anchor escapement and silk suspension, quarter striking on two bells, signed on the backplate Thompson, London; a water feature formed by spinning glass rods and with two swans swimming on a simulated pond; an enamel-mounted cube with a large metamorphic whorl and containing a substantial tandem-wound combination spring barrel and chain fusee movement with a 3½-inch pinned cylinder playing two airs on eight bells with fourteen hammers and driving all of the automaton features; the whole set with extremely fine guilloche Geneva enamel panels, finely pierced graduated galleries and mounted with crisply cast and chased floral swags, on foliate claw feet: together with a teak travelling case