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Skinner AuctionsMarlborough MA
October 31, 2015 10:00 AMCalender

Gilt-framed Musical Automaton Picture Clock Depicting a Farrier's Shop

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Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2857MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: October 31, 2015 10:00AM


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.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

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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Xavier Tharin