c. 1715 to c. 1720 LONDON

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A fine George I period ebony veneered table clock of rare small size.

The fully restored spring suspended eight day verge movement strikes the hours on a single bell and has its pull quarter repeat work on two bells. The beautifully mellow dial has crown and sceptre corner spandrels and a chapter ring with narrow inside quarter marker band and a similar outer band for the minutes. The maker’s signature is set on a disc in the arch above Strike/Silent. There is also an inset date aperture below XII and a dummy pendulum aperture in the middle of the matted central section.

The diminutive breakarch case is constructed primarily of oak and veneered with ebony. The inverted bell top has a gilt carrying handle with a knopped centre and at the top of the front door there are two inset wooden frets.

The backplate is exquisitely engraved with scrolls of foliage and flowers issuing from a pair of cornucopias.

Date: circa 1715-20
Height excluding handle: 12 in (30.5 cm)
Depth: 5 ½ in (14 cm)
Width: 7 ½ in (19 cm)

* John Bushman was active in London from 1682 until 1725. A contemporary description is quoted by R.W. Symonds in his book ‘Thomas Tompion, His Life and Work’. “We reached London at dinner time, that is after 2 o’clock, and in the afternoon we drove to the celebrated clockmaker’s Buschmann. He is a German and had been established first in The Hague and then for many years in England; he makes as good clocks as Quare’s or even Tompion’s which are much more expensive …”
John Bushman London
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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