A Louis XV gilt-bronze and porcelain mounted mantel clock,
circa 1745 and later
later 5½-inch enamel dial signed Autray à Paris, asymmetric winding holes, the movement with five baluster pillars, anchor escapement with silk suspension, short pendulum with curved bob, numbered outside count wheel striking on a bell, signed on the backplate Etienne LeNoir A Paris, the scroll-shaped case with eleven associated Meissen porcelain figures, including the group 'Spanish Lovers' modelled by Kändler, circa 1740; three Commedia dell'Arte figures, Dottore Boloardo modelled by Peter Reinicke and Kändler, Scaramouche and dancing Harlequine, circa 1743-44; a figure of Scaramouche with a hound, circa 1750; three putti figures on plinths from the four seasons, representing Summer, Autumn and Winter, circa 1745; an allegorical figure of Hope, a female with a bird on her lap, circa 1745-50; a model of a pug resting on its haunches, circa 1750; and a classical figure with Janus head, circa 1750; and two Chelsea porcelain figures, of a pilgrim and companion, circa 1760; the whole enriched with porcelain flowerheads, 18th century, with crowned 'C' mark
66cm. high, 51cm. wide; 2ft. 2in., 1ft. 8in.
Anon, Ombersley Court Contents Inventory
1825-36, p.38; 'Saloon / A costly French clock by Autray [sic
] mounted in Ormolu with a variety of China figures, flowers etc., on a verde antico
stand ormolu handles and glass shade';
M. H. Blutley, Ombersley Court, Inventories of Heirlooms
, 1863, p.132; 'Saloon / An elegant French time piece ormolu mounnted and ornamented with several dresden china figures under glass shade'
This clock is photographed in the Saloon in the 1860s under a glass dome.