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The elegantly proportioned Tompionesque case veneered with highly figured walnut of fine colour and good patination. Standing on a double plinth, the case rises to a caddy top with three giltwood ball finials.
The five pillar movement, with twelve inch square brass dial mounted with well-cast urn spandrels, a silvered chapter ring, matted brass centre and a large subsidiary seconds dial, a particular feature of Gray & Vulliamy clocks of this period. Above six o’clock is an aperture to view the day of the month and there is a silvered cartouche signed by the makers and applied to the matted centre.
The high quality bespoke movement has eight day duration with rack strike and sounding the hours on a bell.
The clock is complete with apparently the original steel rod pendulum with large bob and calibrated rating nut beneath and a pair of brass cased weights which again appear to be original.
Justin Vulliamy arrived in London from Switzerland c1730. He married Benjamin Gray’s daughter and in 1743 he joined his father-in-law in partnership in Gray’s already well-established business in St James’s Street before moving to Pall Mall in 1752. Gray was appointed Clockmaker to George II in 1744. The partnership developed a great reputation as innovative makers of fine clocks and watches. The Royal association was maintained by the Vulliamy family until the mid-nineteenth century.
|Height||97.00 inch||(246.38 cm)|
|Width||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|
|Depth||10.00 inch||(25.40 cm)|