Mantel and Table Clocks

Mantel quarters striking clock

    Mantel quarters striking clock

    China, Guangzhou

    Early 19th century

    Brass, enamel, glass, ornamental stones; casting, engraving, gilding, silvering, mechanical work

    Height 43 cm


    The clock of the Jiaqing Emperor period (1760-1820) is made in cast gilded metal case, on profiled socle with engraved plinth, with openwork foliage ornament along the bottom edge and leaf-shaped supports. A drum with polished side surface and onlay flower garland is mounted on the case top, composition of leaves, fruit basket form silver-plated mesh, flowers and butterfly made of polychrome enamel, garlands of ornamental stones and stems with buds and flowers in the corners is above it. Onlay cast figures of animals, birds and musical attributes are mounted on the front panel with gilded embossed flowers. Onlay foliage ornament with medallion and the vases is on the front side frieze. White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation, Arabic numerals for minutes’ graduation in 15 divisions, two figured gilded hands and central blued hand with counterbalance is closed with the lid with dome shaped faceted glass and rim with red and white inserts. Cast onlay in the shape of urns with flaming brands, are on lateral polished panels. Onlays with floral ornament are on the frieze of lateral side. Volumetric openwork ornament is on vertical ribs. The clock mounting plate with engraved ornament, pins for winding the clock escapement, striking and musical movement is on the case rear side. The clockwork is pendulum with duplex escapement, the three-spoke balance with regulator, two spring motors and fusee, an hour striking upon the bell and Carillion quarter chime with eight bells.
    The key is in the set.