An exceptional mid 18th century agate-panelled and silver-mounted musical ormolu table clock with moonphase indication. Sold with the original key, signed and dated key, James Cox, London, 1766.
James Cox, London
Surmounted by the figure of a silver dragon on an urn over a pierced drum case carrying the signed enamel Roman and Arabic dial signed in two curved arcs, with steel beetle and poker hands, the mid-section of the case topped by four stone-set silver flowerheads and inlaid with boldly figured agate panels between wreathed columns supported by crouching salamanders, set to the front with an enamel moonphase dial and to the rear with a subsidiary gilt dial marked 1-60, on a pierced caddy section further enriched with agate panels, the lowermost part of the case formed as a mid 18th century commode with symmetrically matched panels of agate within ormolu borders, the each corner mounted with boldly cast volutes on mask-headed scrolls, supported on four cast feet modelled as decorated elephants, complete with head dresses.
Sold together with the original signed and dated key. 36.5cms (14.25ins) high. (2)
- We are grateful to Roger Smith for his help in compiling this footnote.