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A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL TRIBUTE ORMOLU, ENAMEL, PASTE-SET AUTOMATON TABLE CLOCK, GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS

  • USA
  • 2010-06-08
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A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL TRIBUTE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET Quarter striking AUTOMATON TABLE CLOCK, GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795), MOVEMENT LATER, The richly gilded upright case of rectangular section resting on four elaborately ornamented bracket feet ending in scrolled toes, joined by pierced aprons with garlands of leaves and berries, supported at each corner by columns cast with opulent foliate scrolls, flowers and fruit terminating in four grotesque animal heads, the central panel enclosing a later associated painted 6 3/4-inch dial with Roman numerals and pierced bright cut engraved gilt hands, the paste-set bezel with convex glass, cornered by applied clear paste-set flower heads amidst trailing leafy sprays set with green paste-set brilliants, surmounted by a painted automaton scene depicting a Chinese garden setting with figures passing over a bridge, all against a mirrored background, the polished side panels each lavishly decorated with applied shell handles within a beaded frame and suspending pierced scrollwork, the case surmounted by a pierced foliate balustrade framing a further automaton of spiral twisted glass rods simulating a cascading waterfall, supporting an elaborate gilded double-gourd vase decorated with scrolling flowers and leafy sprays, the lower part of drum shape housing the automaton with ten paste-set flower-heads centered by a Catherine's wheel against a translucent blue guilloche enamel ground, all turning and revolving simultaneously with the striking work, the upper part similarly decorated with scrollwork and set to the front with the auspicious Chinese characters 'da ji' (Great Prosperity) in vibrant red paste stones, the sides with tied drapery in translucent blue enamel crowned by a white and red paste-set revolving pineapple form finial, a spring barrel movement contained within the lower portion for driving the automaton work on the vase, the case now with purpose fitted late 19th Century three train fusee movement with anchor escapement, trip repeat quarter striking on a nest of eight bells and striking the hours on a further bell, the automaton functions all driven by the striking train, the backplate engraved with foliate scrolls and spuriously signed Robert Philip.

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