Daniel Roth "Mystery Clock - No. 1" | lot | Sotheby's
“A clock that can be read clearly from all seats” – This was what King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony ordered to be built for the auditorium of his new court opera house in Dresden.The ground-breaking design was the work of Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes and Ferdinand A. Lange.
Mantel clock, ca. 1780–90. French (Paris). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.2126) | The decorative theme of this clock is the Triumph of Love over Time.
Signed by James Cox (English, ca. 1723–1800). James Cox: Miniature secretary incorporating a watch, ca. 1766–72. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Admiral F. R. Harris, in memory of his wife, Dena Sperry Harris, 1946 (46.184a-c) | Bejeweled butterflies and flowers that tremble in the slightest breath of air adorn this whimsical object, which plays tunes on a hidden music box and incidentally tells the time.
ca 1750, probably Dresden, Germany, agate, heliotrope, diamonds, Metropolitan Museum of Art collection
Nécessaire incorporating an automaton watch / c. 1770–72 / Signed by James Cox / Case: moss agate, mounted in gold and set with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; silver; and mirror glass; dial: white enamel, with frame pavé set with paste jewels / at the Met