A late 18th century mahogany musical table clock with automata Robert Ward, Abchurch Lane, London
Lot 44W
A late 18th century mahogany musical table clock with automata
Robert Ward, Abchurch Lane, London
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,050) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late 18th century mahogany musical table clock with automata Robert Ward, Abchurch Lane, London
A late 18th century mahogany musical table clock with automata
Robert Ward, Abchurch Lane, London
The break arch case with pagoda top, surmounted by five gilt urn finials, bordering applied brass false sound frets over hinged side handles and cast strapwork frets, the canted corners each with an applied foliate term, raised on the brass lined plinth base with foliate scroll cast feet, the signed 6.5 inch brass Roman and Arabic dial with four subsidiary dials, for regulation, tune selection, strike/not strike and chime/not chime, the matted centre with inset silvered signature plaque and calendar aperture, the arch housing the automaton, comprising of a horse drawn coach and attendant cavalry out-riders, watched by static figures in the foreground with a townscape beyond (the arch replaced and repainted), the triple fusee movement with rise and fall regulation, (later converted) anchor escapement, chiming the quarters and playing four tunes, a March, Minuet, 'Danl. Cooper' and a Gaout on eight bells via the cylinder and sixteen hammers, striking the hour on a ninth bell, the backplate engraved with flowers and foliate scrolls. 62cm (24.5in)

Footnotes

  • Robert Ward is recorded in Brian Loomes' "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World", NAG Press, 1988, page 812 as being apprenticed in Abchurch Lane, London in 1768. He was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1779 and specialised in musical clocks.
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