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Gilded Copper Hand-rest Clock

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Artist(s): Imperial Workshops

Dimensions: height: 31 cm, bottom side: 36 cm, dial diameter; 8.5 cm

The name of this clock is derived from the resemblance of its form to a hand-rest on an imperial throne. Complex incised floral patterns decorate the clock's gilded body, and, the top cover is fashioned from embroidered brocade in the style of the Song dynasty (960-1279). The overall shape of the piece and the meticulous carvings exude an air of sumptuous luxury. An octagonal casing frames a two-hand clock dial, while floral patterns decorate the three other sides. The mechanics of the piece include a musical device with an air bag and a series of metal whistles. A wheel activates the air bag, the air pressure from which produces a variety of sounds. Gently pressing the brocade cover activates the mechanism underneath to produce the music.

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