Published: May 23, 2016
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — A rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock, running and striking with all animated mechanisms working led a cataloged antiques auction on May 21 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, finishing at an above-estimate $1,270,500. It was the top selling item in the 525-lot auction grossing more than $2.5 million.
The clock’s hourly mechanism activates swimming ducks and spinning glass rods resembling a waterfall. A cluster of glass rods forms another waterfall in the top of the large-size gilt bronze case. The clock has a 6½-inch porcelain dial with black Roman numerals and red jeweled characters that read “Da Ji” (Great Prosperity). It is 36½ inches tall.
The auction featured not just a clock collection, but watches, music boxes, lamps (by Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Unique, Bigelow & Kennard, Suess, Handel and others), paintings, bronzes and marble statuary, art glass, jewelry, silver, porcelain, Royal Vienna, Lalique, sterling and gold items, bird boxes and automatons.
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