A French automaton "rocking ship" mantel clock (c. 1835 France)

A French automaton
Title A French automaton "rocking ship" mantel clock
Country of Origin France
Dated c. 1835
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Fourcade a Cluch (France)
Condition Very good
Dimensions 23.50cm high (9.25 inches high)
Status SOLD
Description / Expertise

D370. A fascinating French automaton mantel clock, circa 1840, which has a large space below the clock depicting the coast, with a small castle to the left below which is a ship flying the French flag and bearing full sail; pitching and tossing as it appears to be heading for the harbour. In the background are various other sailing ships. The movement of the ship is actuated by a lever below the right hand side of the rosewood veneered base.
To the front of this is an inlaid scene of the harbour, including various buildings and ships. The automaton is wound through the front of the base, which rests on bun feet.

Enclosing the clock dial and the harbour scene is elaborate fire-gilt decoration with the highlights being burnished. Standing to one side is a man holding a scroll(chart?) and below are featured a drum and an anchor.

The clock, which strikes on a bell, is interesting in that the silvered dial is decorated with a tight wavy design, which must have been quite demanding to execute, presumably to complement the maritime scene. It is signed on the dial Fourcade a Cluch.
Height. 19.5" (49.5cms)

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