Carriage Clocks

Carriage singing bird clock with half-hour chime, repeater and alarm

    Carriage singing bird clock with half-hour chime, repeater and alarm

    The 1880-1890s

    Japy, Frédéric

    Brass, glass, mirror, enamel, papier-mâché, feathers, fabric; engraving, presswork, gilding, silvering

    Height 32 cm

    On the clockwork rear panel: round mark with inscription: “JAPY FRERES & Cie./EXPOSITION/1854/GRANDE MED. D HONNEUR”


    Clock in metal gilded double-tier case on wide figured stepped base with round feet. Facet glass is inserted into the front and lateral sides of both tiers, the rear sides are closed with metal doors. Ornately shaped carrying handle is fixed on the upper side. Vertical ribs of the lower tier with a singing bird are decorated with voluminous cast onlays in the form of acanthus leaves and flowers.

    Dial shield decorated with chased floral designs with two white enamel dials. Black minute divisions and Roman numerals indicating hours are on the top hour’s dial. Two central Breguet hands indicate hours and minutes. The small dial of the alarm clock with one central hand and hour divisions, indicated by Arabic numerals is below. Hour and half-hour striking, half-hour repeater is activated with a button on the case upper side. An hour and half-hour strike. A composition of dried twigs of moss, grass blades and artificial flowers is in the upper tier. A singing bird in bright plumage sits on a dais in the bush. The bird is reflected in a mirror fixed on the door inner side. The bird movement that is mounted in the stand is activated in the beginning of every hour and the bird turns around its axis at the same time. The lever that stops the movement is on the base bottom side. An aperture for the crown is on the right side. Winding key is in the set.