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The trunk door of the case with central lenticle shows at the top two figures with a child crossing a bridge. Below this a pair of birds occupy the centre section while at the bottom a woman in pensive mood sits at a long table, all within a decorated border. The base panel is filled with a floral spray. The trunk and base sides carry delicate floral work within a border, this work being repeated on the hood door, sides and caddy top.
The 12 inch square dial has a most distinctive signature engraved below the centre has crown & cherub spandrels, ringed winding holes and blued steel hands, the hour finely pierced.
The movement of 8 days duration has five pillars and hour strike on a bell with inside countwheel.
Height: 96 in (244 cm)
The ‘Bastards’ were a very well-known Blandford family and they were involved in the rebuilding of ‘Georgian Blandford’ after the disastrous fire of 1731. Little is known about Thomas Blandford per se except that there is an exceptional early barometer extant which also bears his signature. The quality of both the case and movement of this clock and the extreme rarity of this style of decoration would suggest that he was a well-established and highly regarded maker in the town.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
Saturday by appointment