AUCTION : 1019

Lot#: 414

DESCRIPTION: France, a good singing bird automata clock possibly by Bontems, the ebonized, molded base concealing the mechanism and supporting a papier mache landscape with tree, birds and waterfall, a blue bird at the tree base bobbing up and down as if drinking from the waterfall simulated by a rotating, twisted glass rod, the tree with a hummingbird just above the lowest foliage, nervously twitching and alternately jumping from a branch at the right and then to the left, the tree top with a larger bird watching over the scene, roman numeral white enamel dial with beaded bezel and Breguet style hands embedded in the rockwork to the left of the waterfall, Japy Freres 8 day pendule de Paris movement sounding the hours and half hour on a bell, all under an oval glass dome
CONDITION: dirty, base with splits, papier mache in good condition and retaining its original paint, the birds with minor losses to feathers, glass rod intact, dial with hairlines, bezel painted gold, movement dirty, ticks and strikes, needs service, movement driving automata very dirty and oily, all motions functional, hummingbird action needs adjustment, rods for starting/ stopping individual actions not functional, bellows and whistle working, dome good
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $1700
CIRCA: 1870
DIMENSIONS: 24in x 18in x 8.5in

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