Rare George III painted and chinoiserie longcase clock

A rare George lll painted and chinoiserie decorated longcase clock, circa 1770.

H 212 cm (83 1/4’’)
W 42 cm (16 1/2’’)
D 25 cm (9 1/2’’)

BHA 1223

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A rare George lll painted and chinoiserie decorated longcase clock, circa 1770.

The eight day arched brass dial movement striking on a bell is signed John Draper, one of a large family of recorded* English clockmakers based in Essex, England: a region well known for its illustrious Georgian makers of clocks.

*See G.H. Baillie (Fellow of the Institute of Physics), Watchmakers And Clockmakers Of The World, Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd (1929) p. 88.

This remarkable eighteenth-century blue ground long cased (or ‘’grandfather’’) clock survives in its original untouched state with its painted pendulum, winder and weights.

A highly decorative, well-proportioned antique clock illustrating two animated aristocratic couples gambling at cards in an 18th-century interior, with one panel illustrating flower arranging. Both are extremely rare subjects to find on a period clock case. In our 64 years’ experience we have recorded only one other similarly decorated example.

Nb. Betting during the 17th and 18th centuries was hugely popular amongst the wealthy aristocracy throughout Europe and England, and makes for fascinating reading. (Nb often with ruinous consequences as huge fortunes and landed estates were won and lost at the table.)


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