James Cox produced lavishly ornamented articles for trade with Asia. In China, his products were well-received and called “toys” or “sing-songs.” Originally one of a pair, this automaton was commissioned by the English East India Company for presentation to the emperor of China. The chariot’s wheels are driven by a spring, and tiny levers activate the whirligig held in the lady’s left hand and the wings of the bird in her right.
Signature: Signed on dial: Jas Cox/ London
baron Alfred Charles de Rothschild (by 1884) ; Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (until 1982; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1766–72Medium: Case: agate, with gold mounts, gilded brass, pearls, and paste jewels set in silver; Dial: white enamel; Movement: wheel balance and cock set with paste jewelsAccession: 46.184a–cOn view in:Gallery 510
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1770Medium: Outer case: gold, partly enameled and set with gemstones and paste jewels; Inner case: gold; Dial: white enamel, with frame set with paste jewels; Movement: with diamond endstoneAccession: 1977.436.4On view in:Gallery 510
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: probably ca. 1765–70Medium: Case: agate, mounted in gilded copper and gilded brass and set with painted enamel on copper plaques, and fruitwood; Dial: white enamelAccession: 64.101.829On view in:Not on view
Artist: Watchmaker: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1770–72Medium: Case: moss agate, mounted in gold and set with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; silver; Dial: white enamel, with frame pavé-set with paste jewelsAccession: 57.128a–oOn view in:Gallery 510