A Chelsea gold anchor clock case with contemporary movement.
Lot 61
A rare Chelsea Sunflower clock case, circa 1760-65
£8,000 - 10,000
US$ 14,000 - 17,000
Lot Details
A rare Chelsea Sunflower clock case, circa 1760-65
Whimsically modelled as a bunch of flowers, the dial forming the centre of a sunflower flanked by realistically modelled flowers and leaves, including chrysanthemums, roses and tulips, the stems drawn together towards the heavily scrolled base which is picked out in puce, turquoise and gold, the reverse similarly scrolled and painted with a floral spray, 27.7cm high, gold anchor mark (some damage and restoration)

Footnotes

  • A sunflower clock is documented in the 1761 sale of the Chelsea Factory, 1st day, lot 58: 'A Fine table clock in a case of a bunch of flowers, curiously enamelled, the movement by Fladgate'. One example is in the collection of the National Trust, Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire. Another, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number: 30.353, is illustrated by Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea porcelain (1987) p.185, pl.133; this example was exhibited in the V and A's exhibition Rococo: Art and Design in Hogarth's England (1984), cat no.O43.
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