SOLD! for $4,352.00.
(Note: Prices realized include a buyer's premium.)
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- Low Estimate: $3,000.00
- High Estimate: $3,500.00
- Realized: $4,352.00
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Rare automaton organ clock, featuring 18th-century organ works and painted figures in a later cherry case with painted vignettes to clock face and tableau. Organ mechanism uses bellows to create air that flows through the thirty-six (36) pipes or flutes and makes the music, in turn animating the figures, playing eight (8) tunes. Dial signed Peter Horner and Theobach Horner. The case features a scroll and flourish carved pediment, paneled door and base, and incised floral decoration at the mid molding between waist and base. Note: most of these clocks were originally made as "wag on the wall" clocks, without cases, but many have had cases made to house them at later dates, as with this example. Case: 101 1/2" H x 28" W x 18" D. Works, figures, and original painted face and tableau 18th century; case 19th century.
CONDITION: Clock is functional, has been recently serviced, and retains original figures. One figure missing an arm and has detached but included trombone. Areas of replaced wood including two corners of front door. Painted clock face with Horner signatures and tableau section are 19th or early 20th century replacements, but the originals on which they are based are present and exhibit significant wear and full separation cracks. Case has some wear and scattered patch repairs, mainly around door.