An exceptionally rare and important English spring driven table night timepiece movement and dial
Edward Stanton, London
The arched painted dial constructed in three parts; a pierced brass arch, a shaped brass central section and a lower section of wood.
The pierced brass arch decorated with clouds and cut with Roman numerals to mark the quarters, tear-drop shaped apertures for the half quarters and each minute denoted by a curved indentation across the upper edge, fixed to the middle section of the dial from the rear by a pair of brass brackets screwed to the rear.
The central section with shaped upper edge over a painting of neo-classical buildings infront of the waters edge, with two soldiers conversing on a bridge infront of a group of three men hauling an obscured object from under the arches of the bridge.
The painted wooden panel depicting an on-looker, his arm resting on a staff.
Behind the three-part dial rotates a 7.75 inch circular painted brass dial cut with two apertures, one emanating sun rays, another with a crescent moon through which the hour would be shown - the hour numeral chain is now lacking but most of the of the original painted ground is still intact. The whole dial affixed to the movement by four latched dial feet.
The seven-sided brass plates with pointed upper section and flattened base, united by six latched pillars with central knops and sharply defined rings, with large spring barrel and gut fusee terminating in a later (19th century) anchor escapement, the central hour disc supported to the frontplate by a pair of (19th century) rollers, the backplate signed 'Edward Stanton, London' in a cloth cartouche set within a flowing pattern of mainly tulips and other flowers
All set on a seatboard raised on later brass ball feet Total height 38cm (15in), width 25cm (10in). Dial size 35.5 (14in) max x 25cm (9.75in) wide.