Benjamin Ward
Benjamin Ward
Benjamin Ward
A fine, bell top bracket clock decorated with chinoiserie on a rich red ground, all in an excellent state of preservation.

The case, of the classic style found in lacquered bracket clocks, has a centre carrying handle, four pineapple finials, double side windows and delicately scrolled apron to front, back and sides. The front door has engraved and pierced brass corner frets. The decoration of flowers, oriental figures and tracery is finely executed. The raised work on the bell top is particularly good.

The arched brass dial with well cast spandrels and pierced, blued steel hands is signed above and below the centre. Note the central disc for setting the alarm, a rare feature on any bracket clock. The five pillar verge movement strikes the hours on a bell on which the alarm also sounds and there is a Strike/Silent mechanism within the arch.
Benjamin Ward was working in London between circa 1765 and 1790 and, according to Baillie in "Clockmakers of the World" Vol. 1, there are two musical automaton bracket clocks by this maker in The Forbidden City in Beijing.
Dimensions
Height 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Signed/Inscribed
Benj. Ward London
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
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England

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