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.
16 3/4" wide x 14" deep x 29" highClick here to view a video of this item.