ROBERT WOOD automaton
ROBERT WOOD automaton
ROBERT WOOD automaton

ROBERT WOOD automaton

c. 1770 to 1775 London

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A rare automaton bracket clock by this well known George III period clockmaker. The elegant mahogany case has a bell top and gilt floral mounts to the sides with brass foliate ogee bracket feet. The arched door is bound with a brass moulding, and there are well cast brass sound frets to the front. The whole case has richly figured mahogany veneers.

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.
Robt. Wood, LONDON
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