A Rare William And Mary Miniature Gilt-Brass Striking And Pull Quarter Repeating Table Clock
The diminutive fire-gilt brass case with cushion moulded dome top surmounted by a double-S foliate handle. The square front and back doors with butterfuly latches, the sides glazed. All the mouldings in gilt-brass and the case supported on bun feet.
4 inch square gilt dial with silvered chapter ring, Roman hours and sword hilt half-hour markers, Arabic minute numerals, outside the minute ring, with half quarter diamonds signed Rich. Fennell, Kensington. The matted centre, high-set winding holes, pierced and shaped blued steel hands. The corners applied with four cross-winged cherub spandrels and strike/silent lever above XII.
Five baluster pillars, Tompion type extended backplate filling the rear of the case, twin gut fusees and barrels, going train with knife-egde verge escapement and bob pendulum. Rack striking the hours on one bell and pull quarter repeating on a smaller bell. The backplate engraved with tulips and scrolling foliage within a line border, signed Rich Fennel, Kensington in a central cartouche.
The duration being of 8 days.
Provenance: Private collection U.K.
Literature: Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, R.W. Symonds, page 131 Horological Masterworks, AHS 2003, Item 43, pages 212-215
|Clock maker:||Richard Fennel|