A HIGHLY IMPORTANT GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED, ENAMEL INSET AND PASTE-ORNAMENTED TABLE CLOCK WITH A CHINESE AUTOMATON MOVEMENT, THE ENAMELS BY W. H. CRAFT, THE COVER OF THE TIMEPIECE SIGNED ‘W. H. CRAFT INVENTED 1773 FINISHED 1796’

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The timepiece movement with a 3? inch white enamel dial, gold hands, center seconds, fusee and chain, deadbeat escapement and fixed kidney-shaped bob pendulum, the circular back-plate engraved with scrolling leaves and flowers, in a drum case, the interior of the circular hinged cover signed W. H. Craft Invented 1773 finished 1796, the exterior with an enamel plaque depicting classical figures of a bearded man and a young girl bearing a garland of flowers before a statue of Minerva, patroness of institutions of learning and the arts, sculpture and painting unsigned, surmounted by an ormolu woven basket encircled by a snake and with scrolled leaves, containing fruit and flowers represented by a domed enamel cover painted in polychrome colors and supporting a white and blue paste-inset pineapple issuing from gilt leaves, above a later beveled heart-shaped mirror within a scrolled foliate frame fronting a conforming case on scrolled supports with pendant swags and foliate scrolls, each inset with small gilt-ornamented blue enamel plaques, the sides pierced with trellis-work and ornamented with musical trophies within berried laurel wreaths, containing a three-train heart-shaped musical and striking fusee movement, sounding the quarters and hours on three bells, the music released at the hour or at will and playing one of two tunes on a further eight bells with ten hammers, the heart-shaped back-plate engraved with foliate scrolls, birds and a basket of flowers, the conforming back cover cast and chased with foliate scrolls and husks and centered by an oval enamel plaque decorated in polychrome with a figure of a seated lady writing within an interior with columns, a pedimented doorway to the rear and drapery to the right before a bust of Minerva and a table globe turned to show the Americas, to the left a scrolled parchment inscribed North America discovered 1497/Ack…ledged Independent 1783, signed and dated 1786, supported on a rectangular base with turret corners containing a fusee and chain mechanism controlled by a lever from the music train and operating four white and blue paste-inset pineapple finials revolving above ormolu vases, the molded bodies cast with foliate and fluted ornament supported on the corner turrets, each with an inset enamel plaque depicting a classical female figure within architectural settings with columns and arches, with landscapes in the background, the first figure representing Art holding paint brushes and an oval panel with a picture of cupid, with books and a scrolled parchment at her feet, signed and dated 1785, the second representing Plenty, holding a fringed cloth filled with fruit, with a cornucopia at her feet, signed and dated 17?, the third representing Love, the figure holding a dove, with a bow, a quiver of arrows and flaming torch at her feet, signed and dated 178?, the fourth representing Music, the figure holding a lyre, a tambourine, two drums, a pipe and a sheet of music at her feet, signed and dated 1785, at her feet, the central panel of the front of the base with an oval rib tied laurel wreath enclosing a Chinese mirrored panel centered by a pink paste set flower radiating twisted glass rods revolving in sequence with the pineapple finials, and with gilt-ornamented blue enamel inset corners, the reverse side with a similarly decorated door enclosing the Chinese mechanism and with an oval enamel panel decorated with a scene from classical mythology illustrating the Judgment of Paris, signed and dated 1782, the sides similarly inset with allegorical oval enamel plaques, one with a female seated before a wall fountain and holding doves, signed and dated ?, the other with a female in a pastoral landscape with sheep and holding a wreath of flowers, signed and dated 1783, the stand fitted with seven small drawers, each with translucent blue or purple enamel panel over engine turning and overlaid with gilt flowerheads, above foliate moldings, the Chinese bracket feet ornamented with overlaid petals and foliage and supported on scrolled toes.