19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.
19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.

19th century Chinese Canton famille rose porcelain clock with English movement.

c. 1820 to c. 1850 China

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An extremely rare Chinese 'Canton Famille rose’ porcelain clock, Qing dynasty, early Daoguang period (1821-1850), the English movement signed on the dial and movement “Barrauds & Lund, Cornhill London", circa 1840.

The clock-case is enamelled in vibrant 'Famille rose' colours, the sides decorated with Court scenes depicting noblemen and ladies at leisure within three panels bordered in gilt fretwork enhanced with emblems, butterflies and peonies.
The upper part is topped with an eared-bow highlighted with a Greek-key frieze and the base is painted with several floral patterns and supported by four gilt spheres.
The wood back door with brass grills opens to reveal the clock movement, with brass plates, two train fusee with gut lines, anchor escapement and bob pendulum, hour striking and repeating on a bell mounted on the backplate, the whole secured by brass angle brackets with wooden seat board. The engraved and silvered dial has Roman hour chapters, blued-steel hands and is signed below Barrauds & Lund, Cornhill, London, within a foliate cartouche. 

Excellent, no damage.
From 1757, and during the following fifty years, more than two thousand clocks of European (notably English) manufacture were exported to China. At the same time workshops based in Canton produced numerous clocks based on the European models, distinguished by their use of symbols relating to Chinese mythology and tradition. But there is no evidence of any exchange trade between East and West in this regard and there are no previous records or examples of clock cases being made in porcelain for any home or foreign market. However, this case, one of possibly three known to date, was undoubtedly made for export to Europe. This is supported by the way in which it was created. Because of the difficulty in drilling Chinese hard paste porcelain (particularly at this date), the necessary holes for mounting the movement, fitting the door and attaching the feet were clearly pre-made before the porcelain was fired in the kiln, and laid out for a typical clock movement of the period. The fact that the decorative glaze flows into these holes confirms this.
Interestingly Barraud & Lund later had an office in Calcutta due to their thriving business in the East.
Dimensions
Height 14.50 inch (36.83 cm)
Width 11.00 inch (27.94 cm)
Depth 6.00 inch (15.24 cm)
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