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East meets West: automaton clocks
NEW YORK – China’s emperors of the Qing Imperial Court quickly became enamored of the intricate European clockwork mechanisms in English and French automaton clocks that began arriving on their shores in the late 1500s. By then, mechanical gadgets were an integral component of the East-West commercial trade. Automaton clocks were especially popular with Chinese […]
Royal Antiques winds up rare automaton clock for Oct. 19 auction
PASADENA, Calif. – Royal Antiques will offer a monumental French automaton musical jeweled bracket clock at a Collector’s Delight Auction on Thursday, Oct. 19. The 38-inch-tall clock was made in the 1800s for the Chinese market. It is running and striking, and all automaton mechanisms are functioning.