Massive Chinese Ormolu High Relief Bronze Elephant Automaton Music Bracket Clock For Sale

Massive Chinese Ormolu High Relief Bronze Elephant Automaton Music Bracket Clock


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Massive Chinese Ormolu High Relief Bronze Elephant Automaton Music Bracket Clock:
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Massive Chinese Ormolu High Relief Bronze Elephant Automaton Music Bracket Clock

A truly magnificent Chinese Guangzhou studio automaton clock , large triple deck bodysupported on the back of four elephants , extremely ornate bronze case, floral relief, paste-setaround the automaton windows and dial, ormolu bronze case, automaton glass waterfall andswimming ducks on the front and both sides, music plays hourly, palm trees on each corners spinsas part of the automaton as well.
Case: heavy bronze with ormolu gold gilt with large elephants
Dial: porcelain dial with Roman numerals
Clock Mechanism: 8 day mechanical movement with quarter striking, with studio mark
Automaton: plays hourly, 3 large windows on the low deck showing spinning twisted glass tubeto imitate waterfall, horizontal glass tubes made to look like river with animating ducks, veryimpression automaton, palm trees on the corners of upper decks rapidly spin as part of theautomaton, 2 ribbons spinning on the center of top double gourd. Music box playing toaccompany the automaton, making it a treat for both eyes and ears.
Size: around 90cm tall and 45cm by 38cm wide
Condition: clock is currently cleaned and in proper working order, automaton and music areplaying properly as well, however, a professional adjustment is highly recommended.
Literature: From the time the first clocks were brought to China from Europe around 1582, theChinese Emperors were fascinated with European mechanical clockworks. As objects of curiosityand items of luxury, these early clocks incorporated mechanisms including music and animatedfigures. European clocks were called "zimingzhong' or "self-sounding bells" by the Chinese fortheir musical chimes and striking bells and known as "singsong" clocks by the British.Contemporary sources suggest that by the end of the first quarter of the eighteenth century,clocks in the Palace numbered in their thousands. The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795) inparticular was an avid collector of all types of timepieces and automatons and his enthusiasmfor both European and Chinese-made clocks and watches was limitless. He had thousands ofEuropean and Chinese clocks in his collection that were aimed at mesmerizing the beholder andprized for their novelty and design. More than 4,000 examples existed in the Imperial Palacesand their chiming was heard throughout the day. These magnificent timepieces rank among themost extravagant clocks ever made, combining Western and Chinese decorative elements. Thecases, of highly decorative ormolu, were often further embellished with brightly coloredenamels and paste gems, the rich designs matching equally elaborate and complex clockworksand mechanical movements including musical movements and automata. Representing theEmperor's power and status, they were also regarded as the epitome of Western style anddesign. By the middle part of the eighteenth century, the fashion for Western clocks haddisseminated from the Imperial Court to the elite of Chinese society, often rivaling theEmperor's own collection of clocks.
Reference:
1. Classics of The Forofferden City, Timepieces in the Imperial Palace, edited by The PalaceMuseum The Forofferden City Publishing House, 2008.
2. Christie’s Hong Kong 2008, Magnificent Clocks for the Imperial Chinese Court from the NezuMuseum
3. Beijing Council International sale, Heavenly Creations – Porcelain Crafts, Boutique, June4th , 2017 Lot 3963Video of Automaton Playing 1Video of Automaton Playing 2

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All payment methods are accepted, but PayPal is highly recommended. Payment is expected within 10 days after sale ends, no exceptions. Buyer with a California delivery address, please add 9% sale tax.
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Customer satisfaction is our first priority. We accept return within 14 days after delivery, if there is an error in our description. Refund will be issued in full amount. Please email first before returning. Delivery date will be according to UPS or USPS tracking system, so please inspect your item immediately upon arrival.
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