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The 12 inch arch dial has an applied silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring and a subsidiary seconds dial below XII. The dial centre is finely matted and has a chamfered date aperture. In the dial corners there are ‘Indian mask’ and scroll spandrels. Within the arch dial above XII there is a strike/silent lever, and the maker’s signature Joseph Martineau Senr is finely engraved on a recessed silvered cartouche. The hands are finely wrought and of blued steel.
The oak case is decorated with exceptional lacquer work on a green ground. The bridgetop trunk door is decorated with wild roses, sun flowers, foliate sprays and a variety of fruit. The sides of the case are no less extravagant; Herons, a bear, a lamb and two country figures are depicted. The hood is flanked by turned columns with brass capitals and bases and the hood door is sumptuously decorated with wild roses and floral sprays. In the arch there is a well pierced wooden sound fret, backed with red silk. The case is surmounted by its original caddy top and three ‘flame’ brass finials. The original base with its double plinth is similarly decorated with country flowers and fruit.
The substantial high-quality 8-day three train movement strikes the quarters on 8 bells and the hours on a single bell.
Height: 113 in (288 cm)
*Joseph Martineau is listed on page 513 of Brian Loomes’s ‘Clockmaker of the World’ 21st century edition. He is recorded as working in London from 1744 until his death in 1759.
Lacquer longcase clocks of this quality and originality are exceptionally rare.
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