HORTON'S ANTIQUE CLOCKS                             JULY 2019

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30.           $2500

France, three singing birds, signed by Japy Freres on the 8-day time only movement. An extremely rare and ornate arrangement which features a bird perched on the treetop, a bird on her nest with three birds eggs, and a third bird at the bottom between two pools of water. The clock is running, the porcelain dial is perfect, has two French hands and an automatic stream of water running into the pools. The base is wood painted black, four feet underneath, winding key and activation lever on the base. An original glass dome covers the automaton. With dome in place it is 17 inches tall and 14 inches wide at the bottom. When I purchased this item 30 years ago it was operational. I never wound the clock or automaton until today. I know the clock is running but I do not wish to wind the spring driven movement operating the birds or water. I have never seen another three-bird automaton with a clock. The east coast auctions have had a couple of three bird automatons but not under a glass dome or with a clock. Those usually sold for $2000 or more. $2500-$3500.

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