An early Georgian dark green japanned (‘lacquer’) chinoiserie longcase clock of compact size.
George II period, circa 1740.
Retaining its lovely original 18th century decoration.
With its original antique and highly sought-after period brass-bound weights.
This well-proportioned George II clock has a long door decorated with gilt heightened chinoiserie scenes of courtly ladies in a landscape of pavilions, trellises and foliage. The base similarly decorated, with the additional highlight of a rather rare image of a European square-rigger, much like the East Indiaman* ships used by the East India Company during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The sides decorated with gilt foliage. The domed hood with side glass panels.
The five pillar 8-day 12” arched brass dial with silvered chapter ring on a matted ground, and signed Marmaduke Storr, London.
With a subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture and strike silent facility in the arch. Striking the hour on a bell. The dial flanked by well-cast brass spandrels. Blued-steel hands.
The professionally restored, tested and guaranteed movement will last for generations to come. Fully guaranteed for two years.
The case with an old British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) Ltd label.
Height 87 ” (221 cm.) inc finials [each of which approx 5” (13 cm.)] Width max overall 21 1/2” (54.5 cm.)
Sothebys sold a much restored, very tall (9′) green chinoiserie lacquer long case (without pagoda top) at the Devenish Collection sale in New York @ $23,750.00 – lot 15, 24th April, 2008.
-Marmaduke Storr, Lombard street, London-
Born York 1710, apprenticed 1724-1775. Moved to London 1724.
Specialized in long case clocks. ”Eminent watchmaker”, probably Clockmakers Company.
Features in G.H. Baillie ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’, p.304.
M. Storr’s family: Batty York b. 1710 d. 1793 & Gibbs, London (Lombard Street) 1752.
Jonathan (son of Marmaduke) York, b. 1739, d. 1795, and William York, d. 1794.
For further reading see ‘The Development Of English Black Japanning 1620-1820’.
For a definition of ‘Japanning’ see www.collinsdictionary.com
*East Indiaman – ipfs.io
East India Company Ships – ‘The Maritime Service 1600 to 1834’.
East India Company, Definition, History, & Facts