Gorgeous 18th c. French wall clock - movement by Charles Voisin; case made at Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory, 1740. It's decorated with a monkey playing in a tree, flowers, and a green dragon. It's made of soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze, & enameled metal - it's 2 ft, 5 1/2 in. tall. Such 'pendule d'alcove' clocks were designed for bedrooms & were fitted cords that struck on the hour and 1/4 hour when pulled, thus eliminating the need to light a candle to tell time. (1st of two pins)
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Ormolu & White Marble PORTICO CLOCK - Movement flanked by two obelisks. The upper part decorated with a vase. Medallions in imitation of Wedgwood Porcelein. White enamel dial. End of the eighteenth century.
An amazingly cool bit of horology here: Through the visible gear train the astrolabium clock movement reproduces the annual orbit of the earth around the sun, with the earth rotating on its axis once in 24 hours and the moon revolving around the earth in 29.5 days. In the course of a year, the earth passes all twelve zodiac signs, months and individual days, which are indicated on the brass disc.