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Singing Bird Clock Automaton by Bontems

Auction:
2314
Lot:
389
Sold for:
$3,995$3,400

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

Description:

Singing Bird Clock Automaton by Bontems, the two-train movement by Japy Freres, No. 2380, with Roman enamel dial (repaired) and countwheel strike on bell, in papier-mache rocky landscape with glass-twist waterfall, flowers and tree with three stationary birds perching in the branches, and two moving birds flitting from branch-to-branch and drinking from the stream, on ebonized base containing pull-string two-air cylinder movement, No. 105, and going-barrel automaton movement driving pulleys, bellows for birdsong, and five wood cams, ht. 24 in., under glass dome.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Keywords

Automaton, Robotics