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