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Chinese Gilt Bronze Automaton Musical Clock









Lot: 713

Fourth quarter 20th century.
White enamel dial with hand-painted Roman numeral hour markers and Arabic numeral minute/second markers, pierced gilt bronze hour and minute hands, with the whole dial set in a blue enamel surround with red, white, and gilt accents. Set above the dial is an automated waterfall scene, with twisted glass cylinders forming the waterfall and river, hand-painted boats in the river, all framed by a hand-painted architectural setting with figures. The body has two red silk side panels, and is mounted with gilt bronze swags, foliate designs, handles on either side, and paw feet crowned by a pagoda with reverse glass painted ship scenes, a bell, and an automated figure who rings the bell. Engraved foliate decoration to the backside of the eight bell musical movement. The automation starts with the boats moving on the river with the waterfall behind, while a figure comes out. While the figure strikes the bell, the river scene pauses, and then resumes again once the figure stops ringing the bell.
Inscribed on the movements backside is N. 54 Goollell, and what could possibly be read as Liveet.
Approximate dimensions: 29 high x 13 1/2 wide x 7 1/2 inches deep..
Condition: Light surface wear to the gilt bronze, such as light scratches and blemishes.
With winder.


Auction Date: October 12, 2019

Estimate: $60,000 - 80,000


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