Antique tavern clock by Gabril Holland, Coventry
Antique tavern clock by Gabril Holland, Coventry

Antique tavern clock by Gabril Holland, Coventry

c. 1730 England

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A magnificent and well preserved George II tavern clock by Gabril Holland of Coventry. This amazing clock of the earliest design has a case with an elongated dial and deeply moulded surround. The trunk has a short door and deeply contoured base. The gilt chapter ring with Roman numerals, has a double minutes circle and outside five minutes, in the corners are leafy scrolls in gilt.

The elegantly written signature beneath the chapter ring fills the full width of the dial which is typical of early tavern clocks. The chinoiserie decoration to the trunk door illustrates an oriental scene depicting figures before a pavilion in a wooded background. To the sides are exotic birds perched on a leafy branch.

The movement with its original anchor escapement is of eight day duration.

Little is known of Gabril Holland other than he recorded as working in 1740 and the records of the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry reveal that Gabril was appointed Quaker trustee in 1749. Early tavern clocks of this design are extremely rare and in the definitive book 'English Dial Clocks' by R Rose, only one comparable example by Abraham Perinot of London, exists. This example is one of the earliest tavern clocks in existence and would date from no later than 1730.
The Three Georges: Clockmaking in Hanoverian England 1714 - 1820 (2014)
Height 62.00 inch (157.48 cm)
Width 31.00 inch (78.74 cm)
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