a mason tortoiseshell musical & automata mantle clock
Lot 41Y
A fine and rare George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automatonsigned Mason, London.
Sold for US$ 134,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and rare George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automatonsigned Mason, London. A fine and rare George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automatonsigned Mason, London. A fine English George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automatonsigned Mason, London. A fine English George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automatonsigned Mason, London. a mason tortoiseshell musical & automata mantle clock
A fine and rare George III ormolu mounted tortoiseshell six-tune musical bracket clock with automaton
signed Mason, London.
The waisted case surmounted by shaped oval dome and floral swag draped flaming urn finial, mounted at intervals with gilt scroll volutes with chased gilt sound frets between, further frets and scroll side handles in a gilt band below, arched sides and doors flanked by urn finials, the conforming side frets finely cast and chased with scrolls and foliage, all on base with canted corners raised on feathered bracket feet, arched automaton panel painted with pastoral scene incorporating glass rod waterfall and stream and a procession of figures representing a drover and his herd moving past a rustic bridge and a fisherman, the foreground realistically painted with a pond, applied white enamel dial in gilt bezel, roman chapters and arabic minute numerals, pierced gilt beetle and poker hands, flanking subsidiary dials for strike / silent and tune selection, triple chain fusee movement wound through the engraved backplate, verge escapement, striking the hours on bell planted on the back plate and playing one of six tunes at three hour intervals or on demand by means of pinned barrel and 18 hammers on 10 bells.

21 ½ in. (55 cm) high

Footnotes

  • A remarkable clock, both for its complexity and scale as well as for its state of preservation, retaining as it does the fine color of its case. There were numerous clock makers with the surname Mason trading in late 18th century London, a number who advertised as goldsmiths and jewelers. This suggests that the name on the dial was that of a retailer rather than maker. The case and movement are so closely related to the surviving clocks of firms such as Markwick, Markham Perigal who specialized in the export trade as to suggest a common origin. These clocks with their exotic cases often were fitted with Turkish numeral dials, but it is highly probably that they had a significant domestic appeal. The present clock presents an amusing contrast between its elaborate ormolu mounted case and the disarmingly simple pastoral scene of its automaton.

    For a discussion of related clocks see: Richard Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock, pp 154 -177
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