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Rare Musical Clock Automaton of a Papal Procession

Auction:
2314
Lot:
387
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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

Rare Musical Clock Automaton of a Papal Procession, probably by Tarin, with 4-inch enamelled Roman dial, steel hands and ormolu bezel, two-train clock movement striking on gong and releasing the key-wind six-air cylinder movemement by Ducommun-Girod, No. 21275, with manual overide, silence and change / repeat controls, and an Angelus-type movement (wound by rod connected to the spring ratchet) striking on two gongs, in elaborate Rococo Revival giltwood and gesso case with arched crest and foliate relief flanking the dial, above glazed hand-colored panoramic engraving of a cathedral mass, the going-barrel automaton movement with pulley causing an endless train of maidens in white, clerics in red, nuns, candle-bearers, and an armed guard to move across the foreground in slow procession, wd. 38 x ht. 45 in.

Note: Believed to be one of three surviving examples (one other clock and a mechanical picture), bot in private collections.
Estimate $15,000-20,000

Keywords

steel hands, armed guard , Automaton, Clocks, Gong, Movement, Ormolu