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The 8-day double fusee verge movement strikes the hours on a single bell. The arched dial has a matted brass centre, gilt foliate corner spandrels, inset datework and the maker's signature on an inset disc below XII. Above XII there is a strike/silent lever. The whole backplate is most beautifully engraved with flowers and foliage which are repeated on the fixing brackets and the cocks.
The pièce de resistance is the beautifully painted arch with its moving automata. In the centre there is a shepherd with his sheep and a red coated figure with his hat attempting to catch a bird that retreats into the trees. When the clock strikes the hours, the miller and his wife disappear from view in order to grind the corn as the sails of the windmill rotate. They reappear after grinding the corn when the sails cease turning.
Date: circa 1770 - 1775
Height: 19 ½ in (49cm)
Depth: 8 ¼ in (21cm)
Width: 12 ½ in (32cm)
* Robert Wood was active in London in the last third of the 18th century and he made a number of fine musical and automaton clocks.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
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