Imperial Qianlong/late 18th century automaton clock – estimate €800,000-1.2m at Aponem's auction at Drouot in Paris.

Image: Marc Chatelard

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The highlight will be this elaborate 2ft 9in (85cm) high three-part imperial Qianlong/late 18th century automaton clock made from gilt bronze embellished with glass beads and stones.

The lower section includes an animated painting on glass of tribute bearers accompanied by elephants and horses entering and exiting a European-style house. Above this is the section containing the clock which has a dial with roman numerals and features automaton trees at the angles.

Estimate €800,000-1.2m.