Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical quarters striking turnable clock with automaton

    Musical quarters striking turnable clock with automaton

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1810

    Borrell Jean Henry

    Wood, bronze, steel, brass, glass; casting, gilding, mechanical work

    Height 63.5 cm

    On the dial: “J.H. Borrell”, “London”


    Black ornately shaped base with onlay golden rosettes is on the top panel of wooden rectangular golden stand with turning socle with carved plinth and cord for activating of the musical movement with automaton. The base on four cabriole feet ornated by flower garlands.

    The clock, musical movement and the automaton drive mechanism in cylindrical case of patinated bronze are on the feet upper volutes, with fountain-shaped spire comprised of spiralled glass tubes.

    The fountain bowl is on laying on ornately shaped pedestal of gilded metal. White enamel dial is on the case front side, behind the door with convex glass, a toggle latch and bezel with pearl-shaped ornament. The dial with the Roman numerals, minute divisions and two ornately shaped golden color hands. Oval apertures on the case lateral side are closed with golden color lids with slotted foliage patterns. Clock mechanism with thermal compensation pendulum, deadbeat lever escapement, two spring motors, fusees, quarter hour chime on two bells and inscription: “J.H. Borrell London” on the rear mounting plate engraved edging. The musical movement with spring motor, fusee and pinned cylinder is connected with the automaton drive mechanism. When the musical movement is switched on, the automaton is activated - spiralled glass tubes spin in the waterfall, creating the impression of flowing water. Pins for winding the clockwork, chime, musical movement with automaton and the clockwork regulation lever are on the rear mounting plate behind the door with apertures.

    Winding key is in the set.