This week has seen us complete the restoration of a very rare Painted double fusee strike/pull repeat Bracket Clock featuring early Gesso and finely painted dial, Knife edge crownwheel (verge) escapement and beautifully engraved backplate. The Back plate bearing the name Taylor London. There is a name on the dial and it could be Samuel Taylor, London. I will confirm this in due course.
Here at Overton Clocks we pride ourselves in offering unusual and rare clocks and this one is both. This clock dates from around c1770. During this period the styles and designs of the bracket clock was at its most diverse. Deryck Roberts describes this period as the “confusion of styles”. We had bell top, inverted bell top, arch dial, full arch dial and variations based on influences of the grand tours. There was also the increasing styles and competition coming over from France and Germany as well.
This particular clock is the very essence of the period. The well made mahogany case with its exaggerated bell top and glazed panels to the side and rear door is completely covered in a “Faux Tortoiseshell” painted effect with gilt pin striping around the edges and delicately painted gilt scroll work to the corners.
The condition of this clock is simply stunning! It took 250 years to look like this and is totally original and untouched. There are small flecks of paint missing and the odd scratch to the case. The piece has never has a touch up polish or repair until now. Dust covered the clock deeply when I aquired it. So I have simply removed this dust very carefully to reveal the clock you see today.
I am sure that a professional Painting restorer could fully clean the paint and “repaint” the missing flecks to make it perfect. But as someone told me as a young apprentice 20 years ago. Its taken a few lifetimes to look like this and it would only take a few hours to remove it. So I will leave it exactly how it is.
The Beautifully engraved double fusee movement has the early “Knife edge” Crown wheel (verge) escapement. Pull repeating rack striking mechanism with lovely scroll work to the rack tail and head. The clock features a silencing mechanism operated by a lever in the arch. The movement had very little wear and shows very little evidence of previous repairs. This giving more fuel to the argument that this clock is a true time warp. Hidden away and in disuse.
To ensure that I can give you a full three years guarantee and confidence in your investment I have very carefully restored the movement to a high standard. In keeping with the case, I have not removed any of the original grain finish using propriety metal polishes. But simply removed all of the old dirt and grease to reveal the original colour and shine. Ensuring the clock operates as intended.
The original painted dial is also in a most original condition having five individually painted scenes in the four corners and the arch. The dial depicts the four seasons. They have been painted to a very high standard with gesso beading to the edges. The painting in the arch being father time with the text “Time how short, Eternity how long”. The dials are totally handmade. These dials were more expensive than their brass equivalent and would have been made to order. As with the condition of the clock, this dial is totally original without any repairs or “touch ups”. There is a small scratch to the dial vertically above the 6/7 but it does not detract from it. this clock is for sale if your interested!
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