A fine and rare mid 18th century Chinoiserie decorated weight driven Maltese wall clock 3

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Lot 73
A fine and rare mid 18th century Chinoiserie decorated weight driven Maltese wall clock
3

Sold for £ 9,437 (US$ 12,394) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A fine and rare mid 18th century Chinoiserie decorated weight driven Maltese wall clock
The rectangular case with shaped cresting and three giltwood finials centred by a cartouche of a man in profile, decorated with gilt Chinoiserie scenes of figures and animals on a red ground with darker cornerpieces, set to the rear with two suspension hooks. The 17inch rectangular painted dial with white Roman chapter ring with single pierced brass hand, the centre decorated with Chronos with a scythe and a putto holding holding an hour glass, depicting the passage of time, the main body of the dial with a rural scene of shepherd with his flock, a ship in the background, centred by a heart-shaped pendulum aperture. The weight driven movement accessed by opening the hinged dialplate, the rectangular plates (measuring only 3.75 by 2.75ins) united by four knopped pillars, with an inverted three-wheel train terminating in an anchor escapement with 9 inch pendulum, driven by a single weight suspended on a turned wooden differential pulley (the larger 3 inch in diameter, the smaller .75 of an inch, giving a mechanical advantage of four to one) mounted on an iron bracket, with blacksmith made iron hinges and nails to the door. 96cms (37 1/2ins) high (3)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sold in these rooms on 8 November 2000, lot 87.
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