Liao Pin ed., Clocks and Watches of the Qing Dynasty, From the Collection in the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2002
For another jardiniere clock see lot 1505 and footnote. A jardiniere clock in the Palace Museum, Beijing shows automaton flowers of closely related design to those found on the present clock but which are not fully functioning (see Liao Pin, p.55). On the Beijing clock a flower also spins to the front and when the petals open a fairy rises from the flower; a similar figure was probably originally in place on this clock.
For a discussion of Qing Palace fascination for decorative 'potted plants', given as tributes from the Guangdong workshops, see footnotes to lot 1505.
AN EXCEPTIONAL IMPERIAL CHINESE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET STRIKING, MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON 'JARDINIERE' CLOCK
The base section of rectangular form banded with red and white paste gems and raised on four foliate scroll cast ormolu feet with floral swags between, decorated to all sides with red and green floral enamels and gold foils on a translucent blue basse-taille enamelled ground, the front and two sides with automaton scenes (see below) and the rear with silk-backed pierced ormolu rectangular panel, also with paper inventory label 8, the front panel with recessed automaton scene (see below) flanked by paste-set stars framed within an oval cartouche;
18th Century, automaton, musical, striking, dial, Clocks, time-telling instruments, enamel, gold ground / ormolu, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Clocks, Marine Chronometers & Barometers
30¾ in. (78 cm.) high x 13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) wide x 10¼ in. (26 cm.) deep