A Small Travelling George III Red Turtleshell and Ormolu Striking Table Clock With Alarm
The Tempietto red turtleshell case with cupola top applied with ormolu flower trellis fretwork and surmounted by an urn finial. The four out-set angles of the case with arches between are surmounted by further finials above turtleshell mouldings supported on elaborate gilt foliate volutes. The sides with pierced and engraved sound frets, the base raised on fine foliate-cast scroll feet. Retaining its original gilt tooled fitted travelling case.
4 by 6 inch break-arch gilt brass dial with scroll and foliate spandrels flanking two vitreous enamel dials, the chapter ring with pierced gilded hands and alarm subsidary with Roman hours.
Five pillar twin fusee movement with an external balance escapement mounted to the backplate, rack striking the hours, the alarm train sounding on the same bell, the backplate with fine border engraving.
The duration being of 8 days.
Provenance: Private collection U.S.A.
Literature: Jane Roberts, George III and Queen Charlotte Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, London 2004 ill.299