Picture This II

James_Smith_automata_bracket_clock_c1765_01aRed lacquer automaton table clock by James Smith, London, circa 1765.

Unusually, the ogee brass dial incorporates a rustic automaton scene with six craftsmen going about their tasks. One figure ascends and descends a ladder with a board – the scene taking some two minutes to run its course, with a ten second pause atop the ladder – whilst the other five carpenters go about their relentless toil.

James_Smith_automata_bracket_clock_c1765_01cClockwork figures with articulate limbs.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Picture This II

  1. burbidge says:

    That is rather special. Well dressed wood-chaps too, for that matter!

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  2. Forever Bound Art says:

    simply stunning

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