From about the middle of the 19th century, Chinese craftsmen set about constructing their own type of table clock, intended for the local market.
On May 16, the final day of the three-part sale at Schloss Ahlden near Hanover, a typical example of this type is coming up for sale with a guide of €1800.
The 15in (39cm) high rosewood case houses a substantial verge movement with a double chain fusee, striking on a bell (while European clockmakers had long been fitting an anchor escapement, Chinese makers were still using the outdated verge). An interesting feature of such table clocks is the central second hand.
The clock combines Western and Oriental features.
The dial uses Roman numerals; the brass dial plate is intricately engraved with bats – an auspicious symbol in China – and foliage; the wooden surround is inlaid with further symbols of Chinese good fortune in mother-of-pearl such as a carp, a sceptre and a lotus flower, all designed to bring its owner good luck and wish them a long life.