Mechanical Compositions

Automaton musical picture with clock

    Automaton musical picture with clock


    circa 1850

    Canvas, oil, wood, gold leaf

    100 x 17 x 80 cm, 12 kg

    Painted on canvas pastoral rural landscape with the river and castle, with working peasants and grazing cattle. The clock movement with half an hour chime is inserted in the castle highest tower. White enamel dial with black Roman numerals and two metal arrows. The cylinder movement is fitted inside the case.

    The picture is in wooden frame, covered with gold leaf and decorated with geometric ornament along the perimeter.

    The clock with pendulum movement, lever escapement, the tune plays every hour; the chime mechanism starts every twelve hours.