A superb James II brass mounted, quarter repeating ebony basket top bracket clock by Charles Gretton, London. The pierced repousse basket surmounted by a handle of twin addorsed dolphins over swags of fruit and flowers within a rope twist border, with adjacent vase style finials, over a simple moulded cornice, rectangular glazed side panels and a matching lower moulding, raised on brass bun feet.The six pillar movement, finned and knopped, all latched to the front plate, with a single fusee movement with pull repeat striking two bells on the hour and the quarter hour. The 6.75 inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head spandrels enclosing a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with trident half hour marks and star shaped half quarter marks, with a finely matted centre and blued steel hands. The backplate with a single line border enclosing a pattern of flowers surrounding the copperplate signature signed “Charles Gretton in Fleete Streete” in a reserve of foliate scrolls A very fine clock by an eminent maker.
Excellent. The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced, with restored verge escapement, minor restorations to the case, waxing.
Private collection London.
English, James II, circa 1685. “Charles Gretton” is listed by Baillie’s Clockmakers of the world as a very fine maker, free of the clockmakers company in 1672 and master from 1700 – 1733.