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A gilt-bronze musical automaton, French, circa 1855

VAT reduced rateUK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

A gilt-bronze musical automaton, French, circa 1855

A gilt-bronze musical automaton, French, circa 1855

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

A gilt-bronze musical automaton, French, circa 1855 


In the form of a gothic ruin housing a forge, the tower with a 2¼-inch enamel dial, the Vincenti square-plated movement with concealed winding, silk suspension, outside count wheel striking on a gong with simulated striking on a dummy bell within the surmount, signed on the backplate Fensohn, Hamburg, the rococo giltwood base containing a pull-wound cylinder musical movement playing a tune, a separate key-wound mechanism driving the automaton forge scene with pumping bellows, hammering at an anvil and a horse being shod; with a glass dome

67cm 26¼in high overall

Enamel dial in good condition. Movement is complete but would benefit from a clean and service. Musical and automaton movements not inspected but running at time of cataloguing. Case in generally good condition throughoutm the gilding having been preserved by the glass dome, the giltwood plinth is rather dirty and has minor chips, marks and losses but otherwise generally good. Glass dome in good condition with very minor edge chips. With pendulum and winders for the clock and automaton.


"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."