A fine and rare third quarter of the 18th century mahogany longcase clock with automata in the arch
James Upjohn, London
The pagoda hood with three ball and spire finials over stop-fluted freestanding columns, the long trunk door of good figure set on a base with applied panel and double plinth with shaped bracket, the 12 inch arched brass dial set to the arch with a painted scene taken from Aesops Fables of a lion and a fox, the lion with articulated eyes, mouth, front leg and tail, over a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring enclosing the polished centre with boldly engraved signature over the date aperture, the movement with anchor escapement rack striking on a bell and an intricate system of levers to activate the movement of the big cat 2.5m (8ft 2ins) high.
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