An early 19th century mahogany and inlaid longcase clock Signed John Russell Falkirk  WATCHMAKER ... indistinctly
Lot 890
An early 19th century mahogany and inlaid longcase clock Signed John Russell Falkirk WATCHMAKER ... indistinctly
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,400 - 3,100

Lot Details
An early 19th century mahogany and inlaid longcase clock
Signed John Russell Falkirk WATCHMAKER ... indistinctly
The arched and painted roman dial centred by pierced hands, subsidiary date and seconds dials, the spandrels painted with female figures emblematic of the seasons, the medallion in the arch painted with a female figure titled 'HOPE', the hood incorporating fluted pilasters below a broken swan neck pediment, below is a satinwood strung tunk door flanked by fluted pilasters, on a moulded box base and shaped bracket feet. 221cm high.

Footnotes

  • John Russell is known to have been an active maker of clocks, watches and chronometers from 1783 to his death in 1817. In 1785 he was contracted to maintain the Tolbooth clock for 16s 8d per year. In 1814 Russell made a clock for Falkirk's new steeple, it was damaged by lightning in 1927 and is now in the collection of the Museum of Scotland. Russell was appointed watchmaker to the Prince of Wales (George IV in 1820) and presented a boxed gold chronometer to him.

    Literature: Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Scotland, Donald Whyte, published by Mayfield Books 2005.
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