Case

The well-proportioned case is decorated with the original beautiful creamy-yellow japanning decorated overall with polychrome flowers and foliage within vermillion line-bordered panels. The hood retains the original convex/concave mounded caddy top surmounted by three nicely proportioned brass ball finials, the sides are glazed and the front door is flanked by red-painted three quarter slender columns; the wall bracket has the identical decoration and is entirely original and complete.

Dial

The 3¾ inch brass dial is signed Wm. Kipling London on a silvered plaque in the arch above the silvered chapter ring with Turkish numerals, plain matted centre and original pierced blued-steel hands, simple foliate spandrels to the corners.

Movement

The remarkably well-preserved movement retains the original verge escapement with original short bob pendulum swinging at the back of the movement, the strike train striking the hours via a countwheel at the back of the two trains. The case has four tapering brass columns surmounted by turned brass finials, original brass detachable side doors with elegant wheat-ear border engraving, low-level pierced and engraved brass side frets beneath the bell which is suspended on four narrow brass straps.

Duration

30 hours.

Provenance

Ben Wright.

Comparative Literature

WFJ Hana, English Lantern Clocks, 1979, pp.118-121;

B Loomes, Lantern Clocks and Their Makers pp.362-368

Dimensions

The case 16 inches high overall
The movement 7½ inches high

Notes

William Kipling is recorded as having worked in Broad Street, London between 1705 and 1733.

Although British history of exports to the Ottomans began in the 16th century, the trade in clocks through to the start of the 18th century was very modest and comprised of mainly the simpler clocks and watches in the English style, but with Turkish numerals. Many Ottomans were wary about purchasing elaborate timepieces with garish cases and automata so typical of the later Chinese market clocks; the Muslim religion considered excessive extravagance as sinful. Despite religious deference Ottomans of exalted rank had to have accoutrements that reflected their status so, as elsewhere, the rulers and the high officials could engage in some forms of luxury. Lantern clocks without cases were popular in the Ottoman market because they were generally simple and austere – this ‘hooded’ example is particularly rare and besides this clock there are a few other extant rare examples of table clocks for the Ottoman market with this rare cream japanned decoration.

Small hooded wall clocks from the early 18th century are rare, even rarer when made for the Ottoman market, but it is the condition of this particular clock that sets it apart – the case structure has survived 95% intact and the cream-ground japanned decoration is similarly very original indeed.