Carriage Clocks

Carriage singing bird clock

    Carriage singing bird clock


    circa 1880

    Japy Frères & CIE

    Bronze, steel, brass, painted feathers, glass; casting, chasing, gilding, enamel

    26.5 х 12 х 11 cm, 3.5 kg

    On the rear side lamella:: "JAPY FRÉRES CIE", "EXPOSITION 1855 GRANDE MED. D'HONNEUR", "5 ED". On the dial surface: "BREVET D'INVENTION S.G.D.G.".


    Box in two-tier gilded case. A bird in painted feathers is in the top tier. The top tier has a glassed upper side. Its three lateral sides are transparent and a rear door is smooth solid. A bird in painted feathers is sitting among the branches of the plant. Every hour, the bird starts singing and moving back and forth. A curly arched handle for carrying is pivot fixed on the top side. The clock movement with anchor escapement, an eight-day winding, a half an hour and an hour striking, alarm and repeater are mounted in the bottom tier; glazed from three sides. A rare feature of carriage clock is a central seconds' hand. The repeater knob is in front of the bird. White enamel dial with three simple central hands, minute graduations and Roman numerals that indicate hours. An alarm dial with one simple hand, Arabic numerals indicating hours and points in between is below. From the rear side the movement closed with a solid smooth door. Tetrahedral pins for separate winding of the clock, the striking movement and the hands' setting and small steel bell with two mallets are fixed on the rear lamella. Four smooth free standing columns with acanthus leaves at the bottom and curly tops that support the top-tier base in the corners. The upper panel of the pedestal and the perimeter of the columns' base are decorated with cast floral ornament, the pedestal bottom surface is smooth and mirror-polished. The bird's movement with a keyhole on the right side is inside the pedestal.