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Lot 0080
The white marble, ormolu and patinated case is surmounted by Cupid sharpening his arrow on an animated marble sharpening stone.
The finely lettered white porcelain dial has Arabic numbers for the hours, 15-minute marks and the 30-day calendar. Finely cast and finished ormolu hands are for the hours and a straight steel cut hand is used for the calendar.
The eight-day time and strike movement retains the original silk-thread suspension and strikes on a bell. A separate clockwork movement is wound and manually activated out the side and is automatically activated by the clock each hour for 12 daytime hours over two days. There is an am/pm lever that allows the grinding wheel to spin between 9am and 9pm each day. The clock still strikes through the night, but without the benefit of the animation.
Clock runs, strikes and animates as designed.
Height - 23 1/2 in.

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Early 19th century French Animated Mantle Clock.

Estimate $25,000 - $30,000Jun 04