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French Rare Animated Musical Painting Clock

This wondrous French animated musical painting clock depicts a rural town set in the mountains. An 8 day striking clock resides in the church tower, and a second clockwork mechanism plays as the bell tower on tuned rods.

The animation itself is driven by two additional clockwork mechanisms. To the left of the scene is a blacksmith shop with a worker pumping a bellows, and another forging horseshoes at an anvil. Outside the shop is a horse being shod who nods his head, while an onlooking dog wags his tail. Within the landscape is a spinning windmill and turning waterwheel. A procession of people cross the bridge while boats float down the river below.

The complex diorama of motion is accompanied by a large cylinder music box playing four tunes at will.

Animated clocks are among the rarest and highly desirable on the market, but one that features music, and artistic skill is genuinely extraordinary. Clocks of this caliber were the markers of wealth and status in their day. Only the most affluent of society could afford the expense of commissioning a clock of such complexity. These mechanical marvels stand the test of time and still leave us in awe today.

The fully restored 8 day clockwork movement strikes the hour and half hours, and the fully restored cylinder music box movement plays 4 tunes at will. This animated clock comes with a one year warranty.

29″High x 43″ Wide x 11″ Deep

Circa 1875


SKU: BBEC BG10 P $57,800 Inquire
If you would like to purchase this item or learn more about it, please click on the Inquire link above or phone the Renaissance Showroom at 805-688-1976, open seven days a week from 10 to 6.
  • French
  • Animated Musical Painting Clock
  • 8 Day Clockwork Mechanism with Hour and Half-Hour Tuned Rod Strike
  • Large Cylinder Mechanism Plays 4 Tunes At Will
  • Restored, One Year Warranty
  • 29″High x 43″ Wide x 11″ Deep
  • Circa 1875