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George II green Japanned longcase clock by Nathaniell Gray, London
c. 1740 England
Offered by Millington Adams
The clock has a fine quality five pillar movement. The 12” dial with silvered chapter ring, inscribed Nathaniell Gray, London to the 6 o’clock position, matted brass centre with subsidiary second hand with silvered surround, twin winding holes, lower date aperture. The arch with a Strike/Silent selector, bordered by dolphin corner pieces, the dial quartered by urn spandrels.
A fine highly decorative and elegant clock.
In the 17th century, The East India Company traded in lacquered objects from the Far East, this new and exotic decoration caught on as the latest fashion. The demand was so great that English cabinet makers began to imitate it and covered their furniture with "Japan". While Eastern lacquer is composed of scores of thin coats of tree resin, sanded down and dried to a hard surface in humid conditions, the English "Japan" usually consisted of a shellac polish, mixed with pigments such as lamp black, vermillion(red), or smalt and arsenic yellow (to obtain blues and greens). The Chinoserie and descoration was achieved by using gesso (a plaster mixture) to provide texture and colured with gold and silver leaf. The less important decoration (for instance to the side of the clock) was executed using metal powders.
Queen Anne furniture was often Japanned and later in the 1730's the wealthy would comission bespoke furniture in the style of Japan to furnish whole rooms.
Black and red "Japan" is probably the most common, whilst green being one of the rarest. Of the few pieces of green japanning were commodes and cabinet furniture made by Thomas Chippendale for Harewood House near Leeds.
|Height||92.00 inch||(233.68 cm)|
|Width||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|
|Depth||10.00 inch||(25.40 cm)|