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A set of ten bells marks each quarter, the first of which is an augmented diatonic scale ringing at the quarter past. Every fifteen minutes the length of the series increases until the hour, at which point the whole tune is played followed by the hours that are then struck on a larger bell. The chimes and strike can be silenced by turning the hand in the arch of the dial, they can also be repeated through pulling the cord on the left side of the case.
The 8" painted dial has had some slight restoration but still retains it's original craquelure surface. Although of a simple style, the brass hands complete with extant mercury gilding also boasts some rarely seen and exquisite engraving, both of which illuminate the whole dial composition.
Befitting the quality of the movement, the mahogany case is of a solid and well-made construction that also contains a finesse that lightens and enhances the appearance the entire clock. Standing upon four cast brass lion’s feet the base is clad with brass plate. The case has a good colour with the front being covered with curl grain veneer, the bottom panel with an inlaid geometric design in boxwood. Either side of the door there is a pair of fluted quarter columns with brass capitals and bases, these support the half-round cornice surmounted with and elegant convex pagoda top upon which sits a round central finial balanced by four smaller ones below. The pagoda top has curl veneers on three sides of its convex faces with fish scale frets below. These are not just for decoration as they are backed with silk and cover a set of holes cut to allow the sound of the bells to be heard. A further pair of frets is on each side below the carrying handles.
Barraud’s were primarily watch and chronometer makers and most of their domestic clocks were made by colleagues within the London trade. This movement was made by William Robson and is stamped and numbered Robson 2080 on the front plate. Paul Phillip Barraud had a close association with Robson through The Clockmakers Company, of which both men were Masters; Robson three times in 1806, 1816 and 1818 and Barraud in 1810. Robson was a successful clockmaker who appears not to have retailed any of his own clocks. He is recorded as a maker of musical clocks in Bridgewater Square between 1771-1818, died 1823.
|Height||70.00 cm||(27.56 inches)|
|Width||35.00 cm||(13.78 inches)|
|Depth||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|