An extremely Fine Miniature Tortoiseshell and Ormolu Triple Fusee Bracket Clock for the Turkish Market by James Cox and Son, London
The highly decorative arched case surmounted by a removable ‘true-bell’ cupola and topped by a pineapple, having a profusion of applied cast and chased ormolu mounts to the sides, edges and back depicting asymmetrical, scrolling foliage and terminating in four raised, splayed feet. The arched dial with finely pierced gilt hands, a 3.75 inch diameter white enamel centre with Turkish numerals, outer minutes chapter and three colleted winding holes, being signed, JAs. COX & SON LONDON, together with a smaller STRIKE/SILENT white enamel disc in the arch, the two surrounded by a most attractive tooled, matt silver mask heavily inlaid with dark green, translucent enamel of a highly intricate, foliate design. The substantial, 8 day quarter striking triple fusee verge movement with florally engraved backplate, apron and brackets, the quarters being sounded on a run of 8 bells concealed in the cupola and the hours on another single bell mounted on the backplate.
James Cox (died 1781) was a very able maker renowned for his musical clocks and automata. Many of his pieces were made specifically for the foreign market, most notably Turkey and China.
|Clock maker:||James Cox, London|