English Musical Diorama Clock

  • This exceptional clock is a horological, mechanical and artistic masterpiece
  • At the top of each hour, a detailed diorama of sailing ships and a spinning windmill is revealed
  • The exquisite mechanics, detail and artistry reflect the work of a master clockmaker
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Item No. 31-3891

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This exceptional three-train chain fusee musical diorama clock is a horological, mechanical and artistic masterpiece. When melodic bells strike the hour, a brass curtain below the dial opens, and music plays to reveal a detailed diorama of ships sailing through the ocean with a turning windmill in the background. Crafted by the renowned London clockmaker Robert Ward, the clock is housed in an ebony veneered case with gilt brass ormolu on a revolving platform and hand-engraved with exceptional floral urn and scrolls. It also possesses an eight-day movement with a deadbeat anchor escapement and hand-painted convex enamel dial. The exquisite mechanics, detail and craftsmanship reflect the work of a master at the pinnacle of their art.

Robert Ward is recorded in Brian Loomes' Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, NAG Press, 1988, page 812, as being apprenticed in Abchurch Lane, London in 1768. He was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1779 and specialized in musical clocks.

Circa 1790

16 3/4" wide x 14" deep x 29" high

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English Musical Diorama Clock
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Musical & Automaton
Depth: 14.0 Inches
Width: 16.75 Inches
Height: 29.0 Inches
English Musical Diorama Clock
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