A Handsome George III Ebonised Striking Table Clock With Enamel Dials
The well-proportioned ebonised breakarch case has a triple padtop surmounted by a folding flamed carrying handle with curved base. The doors and sides with raised breakarch mouldings to the glazed apertures. The skirting with moulded block feet.
7 by 9 inch gilt-brass breakarch dial with a large white vitreous enamel chapter disc signed Willm. Dutton & Sons London with Roman and Arabic chapters and well-pierced blued steel hands. Finely cast gilt foliate spandrels to the angles and the arch, which is centred by an enamel rise-and-fall disc calibrated 1-12.
High-quality movement with five robust pillars, twin fusees and spring barrels with gut lines. The going train with half deadbeat escapement and heavy steel-rod pendulum punch-numbered 219, flush to the backplate. The pendulum suspended from a rise-and-fall bar bridging the plates. The hours are struck on a single bell and the backplate is signed William Dutton & Sons London.
The duration being of 8 days.
Provenance: Private collection U.K.
The Duttons produced this style of table clock in three basic models; the least expensive with one-piece silvered brass dials, followed by a multi-piece dials with chapter rings and spandrels, the most expensive model had highly-prized vitreous enamel dials, seen here.
|William Dutton & Sons