Lot 20
  • 20

A CHINESE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AUTOMATON CLOCK, GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1790

Estimate
600,000 - 900,000 GBP
Sold
1,215,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

the three-tier case surmounted by an urn with revolving tree above the 3.5-inch enamel clock dial with gilt hands and centre seconds, the paste-set bezel with blue enamel surround decorated with gilt leaves, the rear-wound two-train chain fusee clock movement with verge escapement and rack striking on a bell, the main automaton scene below comprising a central figure holding a double gourd vase that he moves from side to side and from which emerge polished hardstone balls, these alternately roll down the left and right chutes supported by kneeling figures until disappearing into the mouths of Buddhist lions attended by further kneeling figures, the substantial automaton movement with chain fusee and playing a tune on a nest of eight bells, concealed within the base and powering a further automaton of revolving glass rods simulating running water, the ornate case finely cast and chased and set with panels of blue guilloche enamel decorated in gilt with flowers and scrolls
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