Antique Mahogany and Painted Longcase Clock by William Skeggs, London
Antique Mahogany and Painted Longcase Clock by William Skeggs, London

Antique Mahogany and Painted Longcase Clock by William Skeggs, London

c. 1771 Greater London

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A wonderfully decorative George III mahogany longcase clock with later polychrome painted decoration and quarter-chime on 8 bells.

The moulded and veneered mahogany case with swept caddy top is overpainted throughout with well-drawn Neo-classical decoration, reminiscent of Robert Adam. The trunk door is decorated with a two handled urn amidst flowing, leafy branch-work with putti at play. The raised base panel is embellished with emblems of music.

The weight driven hour striking movement plays each quarter-hour on eight bells, driven by a later fusee and spring train.
William Skeggs was based in Rotherhithe and made watches and clocks from about 1756 until his death in late 1771. His will can be seen in the National Archives, Kew. He was known for making high quality clocks in finely made cases. A watch by Skeggs is in the British Museum (Ilbert Collection, accession number 1958,1201.294). The business was most likely taken over after his death by his son William, who continued to make clocks and watches into the 1830s.
Dimensions
Height 230.00 cm (90.55 inches)
Width 54.00 cm (21.26 inches)
Depth 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Signed/Inscribed
circa 1770
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