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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
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Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
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Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
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Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
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Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
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Still life with cake stand
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Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
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Coffee table in Herculaneum style
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Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
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Rotating lectern
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Globe clock held by Atlas
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Passetto della Regina
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High altar
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Neapolitan nativity scene
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Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
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Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
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Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
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Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
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The abduction of Proserpina
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Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
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Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
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Clay watch
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Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
Still life with cake stand
Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
Coffee table in Herculaneum style
Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
Rotating lectern
Globe clock held by Atlas
Passetto della Regina
High altar
Neapolitan nativity scene
Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
The abduction of Proserpina
Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
Clay watch
Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
Road

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Description

Charles Clay's Organ Clock, dated 1730, is the most important and ancient element of the collection of clocks in the Royal Palace of Naples.


The Palazzo Reale machine has a shrine-shaped case, in perforated silver, with a glass door, surmounted by an urn with eight pine cones on the sides. The dial bears the hours marked with Roman numerals, the minutes, every five, with Arabic numerals and the half hours with small stylized lilies. The two charging holes are also evident. The front face of the case is in copper painted in oil with the application of bas-reliefs and high-reliefs in silver that outline the scenography of a temple, at the top of which a concert of celestial musicians with moving limbs is depicted.


The clock is a pendulum clock, while inside the case the parts of the mechanical organ, made up of 51 pipes, are supported by a frame. Georg Friedrich Händel was a regular collaborator of Clay and he was responsible for the music programmed on the organ's cylinder. These are five adaptations of passages taken from works by Handel performed in London between 1727 and 1729 (Lothair, Siroe king of Persia and Richard the First king of England) and five pieces, not yet identified, probably composed especially for Clay.


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