A fine and rare late 18th century moss agate and stone set gilt metal musical casket with automata scene in the manner of James Cox
The watch movement by J. Stroud, London
The rectangular case with re-entrant corners with a hinged lid set with the Roman and Arabic enamel watch dial with verge escapement wound from the rear, the upper part of the lid inlaid with moss agate panels within a running border of interlaced ovals, set to the front with an automata scene in three-colour gold with an automata fountain, a female harp-player and a bird ascending and descending a column supporting a vase of flowers, all against a painted background, the sides inlaid with coloured glass flutes, further supported on a concave plinth set with red and green stones, on four shell-cast claw and ball feet, the casket with purple velvet-lined interior, playing one of two tunes on a musical movement housed in the plinth, the tune selection lever to the underside, the play button set to the rear 15cms (6ins) to the top of the watch crystal, maximum width 12cms (4.75ins).
- We are grateful to Roger Smith for his help in compiling this footnote.
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