Triple signed watermill automaton clock with musical base

Triple signed watermill automaton clock with musical base
A magnificent early 19th century Gothic Revival musical and automaton clock in patinated bronze and original ormolu. This amazing piece is triple signed by the makers involved in its construction.The clock in the form of a massive watermill with bell towers and spires and walkways with ormolu rails. The 8 day timepiece movement with silk suspension is signed on the frontplate of the movement Cailly ainee, a well known maker of clockwork movement for automatons. The clock has an original mainspring which is dated 1829, which firmly fixes the date of the clock and this mainspring is also signed by Borel who is known to have collaborated with Cailly. The timepiece movement is regulated by a silk suspended pendulum and runs for 8 days. The massive automaton movement, set in the base of the clock and operated by a stop start lever on the left hand side and wound by a key on the right of the clock operates the waterwheel and also three glass rods set over silvered bronze "water" and gives the impression of a running mill stream. In the movie it is possible to see the moving water as a reflection in the ormolu door, adding to the sense of realism. The wooden base holds a magnificent pull wind musical movement by the French maker M. Bordier. This has start/stop and tune change rods to the left hand side. Outstanding quality movement. So this magnificent piece is French, can be dated exactly to 1829 and is individually signed by M. Bordier, Cailly ainee and Boret. The clock is 17 inches high by 10.25 inches wide by 5.25 inches deep ( 42.5 cms by 26 cms by 13 cms) overall including the musical base it is 20.25 inches high by 16.25 inches wide by 8 inches deep ( 50.6 cms by 40.5 cms by 20 cms).

Stock Number: 3732

Origin: France

Price: SOLD

Availability: SOLD

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