A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780

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A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780
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A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 GBP

A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780

A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 GBP

Lot sold:

226,800

GBP

Description

A George III monumental gilt-mounted ebony quarter striking musical automaton clock for the Chinese market, English, circa 1780


double sided with automaton scenes, the front with 5-inch enamel dial, centre seconds enclosing subsidiary dials for time, 1/5th seconds, date and age of the moon, flanked by two further enamel subsidiary dials indicating seven tunes each for the organ and bells, all surrounded by rotating flowers set with coloured pastes, the automaton scene below incorporating an extensive simulated waterfall and two tiers of parading figures in a rural landscape; the rear with a further automaton scene of a simulated waterfall and river with figures and carts crossing a bridge between two watermills, above a rural landscape pierced to reveal a further simulated waterfall (now lacking), the massive three-train chain fusee clock movement with deadbeat escapement, striking the hours on the top-mounted bell and quarter chiming on eight bells, playing one of seven tunes on a carillon of twelve bells, at the hour or at will, the backplate engraved with foliate scrolls and a bird; all mounted on a substantial brass mechanism containing two massive chain fusees driving all of the automaton features and a pipe organ with 8¼-inch brass cylinder pinned for seven tunes played on two ranks of fifteen pipes with two stops, the Louis XV-style waisted case surmounted by an automaton star and simulated water above a figure of Hercules striking the hour bell, the Cerberus at his feet, below a stepped plinth are four rotating figures in 18th century costume and to the four corners are two boys and two girls in fixed dancing poses, the foliate case mounts are linked by further sculptural mounts depicting music, the arts and masks and trellis side frets depicting Cupid and Psyche, the whole on bold scroll feet with applied dophins

148cm. high x 63cm. wide x 38cm. deep; 4ft. 10¼in. x 25in. x 15in.

Condition report

PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS ARE RECOMMENDED TO INSPECT IN PERSON. This clock, whilst substantially complete and original, has not been run for many years and will require complete restoration and recommissioning. Faults include but are not limited to: hair cracks to enamel time dial, two small rotating flowers missing, some flowers replaced, discolouration and losses to the scenic paintings, two glass rods missing from surmount, all glass rods and associated gearing missing from lower section of rear door. Clock and musical/automaton movements appear to be complete but are extremely dirty and not running, some surface rusting to steelwork. The case has some old cracks to the carcass and a repair to the hinge of the rear door which also has a section of moulding missing, the gilt mounts appear to have been overpainted and it is currently not possible to determine the extent or condition of their original gilding but they all very dirty with the exception of the dolphins which appear to have been cleaned more recently. with pendulum and two winders (for clock and organ movements).


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."