TABLE CLOCK Shang Hai Ca. 1870 China
Inscribed on the backplate: Shang Hai
The eight-day spring-driven double chain fusee brass movement has going and striking trains. The going train has a verge escapement with a short pendulum. The striking indicates the hour fully on a bell. The movement is wound at the back, which has an engraved backplate with Chinese-characters of the maker and motifs. The placename Shang Hai is engraved in a cartouche.
The circular white enamel dial is set in a rectangular chased gilt brass dial plate, embellished by characters and signs in Chinese style. The dial has a black Roman chapter ring with Arabic quarter divisions and a minute ring. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced blued-steel hands. In addition, there is a central sweep seconds hands.
The rectangular Chinese rosewood case is embellished by elegant fretwork and carvings. The movement is situated in a removable wooden case, which is positioned on a base. The movement and dial are accessed by vertically sliding glazed panels. The sides have glazed windows allowing the movement to be visible. The base rest on four shaped wooden feet.
Duration 1 week
Height 49.5 cm.
Width 34 cm.
Depth 26 cm.