Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock
Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock
Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock
Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock
Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock
Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock

Antique animated gilt bronze porcelain singing bird carriage clock

c. 1870 France

Offered by Sundial Farm Antique Clocks

US$38,000 usd
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The gilt-bronze singing bird clock has a multi-piece case, decorative floral elements cast throughout, four detached decorative corner columns and beveled glasses to three sides. Above, an animated bird set within a natural landscape is housed in a glazed framework surmounted by a decorative hinged handle.

The white porcelain dial has black Roman numerals for the hours and steel-cut tre-foil hands.

Clock Movement – The eight-day time and strike movement is wound and set off the backplate, has rack and snail striking on a bell and a cylinder balance platform above.

Animation Movement – The bird animation movement is housed in the base, wound and manually activated out the side and is linked to the bird above by thin chains that travel up the back of the movement. When activated it causes the bird to tweet and rotate side to side as it pecks the ground.

While a few of the automated singing bird carriage clocks activate the bird at the hour most are like this one with two completely independent movements.
For similar clocks see:
‘Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks’, Roberts, Chapter 14, pg. 233
‘A Century of Fine Carriage clocks’, Fanelli, pg. 75.
‘Flights of Fancy’, Bailly, pg. 327.
Bonhams, July 2014, Fine Clocks, Sale 21930, Lot 29.
Dimensions
Height 10.75 inch (27.30 cm)
Width 4.50 inch (11.43 cm)
Depth 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
Stock Code
f220
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Japy Freres
Sundial Farm Antique Clocks

Sundial Farm Antique Clocks
Greenlawn
New York
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