French Nautical Automaton Mantel Clock
This charming automaton clock of continental origin depicts a seaside fortress crafted of gilt metal, with two boats in the water below that rise and fall with the waves when wound with key, set inside a finely crafed wooden frame with marquetry inlay on the frieze. 11 x 19 x 22 in. The ships move via a brass spring driven mechanism and is in fine working order. Clock movement is signed JC Cailly and Eude for Pierre-Joseph Eude and also stamped Brevete. Porcelain dial with Roman hour numerals measures 1.5 in across. Movement has a round brass spring driven silk thread movement with half hour bell strike. Clock has wear to the silk and its movement and is not in working condition, but certainly could be restored to working order quite readily. One foot is missing and another broken on the base. Metal architectural piece is not affixed to the base. There are cracks and losses to the wooden frame.
Additional images plus video of working rising/falling wave mechanism forwarded upon request.