Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture clock

    Musical picture clock

    Late 19th century

    Wood, metal, mother of pearl; gilding, casting, embossment

    66 x 54 cm


    Big Ben in the moonlight scene with Thames and barges to the foreground, inlaid mother of pearl, gilt metal mounts to frame.
    Beige paper dial with black Roman numerals and two hands. Wooden frame, painted green with brown veins, perimeter is ornated with a strip of geometrical ornament, the corners are decorated with figured onlays, and stylized foliate patterns are on the bottom part. Tied with ribbons bow is above in the center. Pendulum movement with lever escapement and two spring motors.