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Gilded Copper Clock Decorated with Revolving Flowers and Dancing Figures

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: copper alloy, enamel glaze, glass
Origin: Guangzhou
Dimensions: height: 78 cm, width: 39 cm, depth: 26.6 cm

Transparent enamel glaze and polychrome glass decorations are inlaid on the gilded copper body of the clock. A set of musical instruments powered by stepped wheel and spring is installed at the bottom level of the clock. The façade of this music box is inlaid with a fountain and glass flowers. Western oil paintings decorate the two sides. The front door of the middle level opens automatically, exposing the mechanically controlled human figures inside. The clock dial at the top level is bordered with transparent enamel glaze and colorful glass decorations. Turing the knob on the clock can make the fountain, human figures, and flowers revolve, while the musical device produces pleasant sounds. 
  Clocks made in Guangdong are typically decorated with dancing figures, fountains, and revolving flowers to music produced by musical devices. The complicated mechanical structure of the clocks reflects a considerable high level of horology in Guangdong during the Qianlong reign.

 

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