Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture with clock

    Musical picture with clock


    middle of the 19th century

    Wood, glass, gesso, gold leaf, paper, metal, foil; painting

    89 x 101 x 39 cm


    Wooden, rectangular, covered with gold leaf frame rimmed by relief laurel branches. 5-cm enamel dial with Roman numerals in a polychrome painted church behind the houses with an automaton watermill and water fountain, a bridge with train across simulated water with moving ship, the painted background showing mountainous landscape with moving balloons along the horizon, all automata connected by separate movements, count wheel gong striking anchor movement with connection to a separate movement, striking the angelus on two gongs, musical movement playing one of six melodies with a 21-cm cylinder and a comb, hinged glazed stucco gilt frame.