Gilt-framed Musical Automaton Picture Clock Depicting a Farrier's Shop, attributed to Xavier Tharin, c. 1880, elaborately decorated arch-top giltwood and gesso frame with two cherub-like figures flanking the 4-in. Roman numeral porcelain dial in the arch, hand-colored lithograph depicting a farrier's shop, a village scene in the distance with automaton maiden washing the laundry on the river bank, a procession of villagers along the streets, and a train passing over the canal, the shop depicting two smiths working on an anvil, one operating the bellows, a farrier shoeing a horse while the horse's head nods, and a dog wagging its tail, eight-day time and gong-strike clock movement, single-air pull-string cylinder musical movement, two separate spring or going barrels operate the pulley systems, ht. 43, wd. 37 in.
train not functioning, object left corner of frame has gesso pieces that need repair, re-glueing. Clock has a dial chip at "7", lacking strike hammer on clock mechanism.
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