Original all-over polychrome decorated with red on crimson and gilt on dark green panels with sprays of flowers, foliage and birds on the areas of cream ground between. The inverted bell top with a gilt-brass hooped, foliate-baluster handle flanked by four urn finials. Each aperture with fine laid-on giltwood mouldings. The break arch front door flanked by frets, the sides with break arch glazed apertures below rectangular frets, the interior washed in red, sitting on a moulded base with decorated block feet.
7½ inch break arch brass dial, by Tompion & Graham’s engraver G.515, with an elaborately engraved border and Crown & sceptre spandrels. The engraved arch with scrolls, foliage, birds and a basket, signed JOS: WINDMILLS, LONDON above the strike/silent lever at XII. The silvered chapter ring with pierced blued-steel hands, the matted centre with mock pendulum aperure and date square with adjusting slot above, for use with tapered end of the winding key.
Substantial plates with five baluster pillars, twin fusees and spring barrels with outside clicks and engraved spring, verge escapement and bob pendulum. Rack striking on a large bell and pull-quarter repeating on six graduated bells, the backplate superbly engraved, by engraver G.515, with symmetrical entwined snakes, foliage and scrolls, signed to the centre Jos Windmills London all within a line border.
Iberian Noble family collection.
Thomas Tompion 300 Years Evans, Carter & Wright. 2015 Graver 515, Pages 184/5.
The Golden Age of English Horology, Masterpieces from the Tom Scott Collection, Garnier & Carter, 2015. Pages 404/5.
Joseph Windmills, London Circa 1715
An exceptional red and polychrome japanned striking and pull quarter repeating table clock.
It is noteworthy that Windmills employed the leading horological engraver of the period G.515, who worked mostly for Tompion and Graham but also Quare on his best productions.
Although these case colours are rare, this style of japanned decoration was popular for export furniture and this clock may have been part of a suite supplied to the original Iberian Noble family.
This is one of two known clocks by Windmills with this decoration, the other was in the Scott collection, having sold at Bonhams London, 7 July 2009, lot 132 for £67,200