Small early Georgian dark green japanned (or ‘lacquer’) chinoiserie long case (grandfather) clock. Retaining lovely untouched original decoration.
This well proportioned George II period 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 to find of a European square-rigger much like the East Indiaman* ships used by the East India Company during the seventeenth and eighteenth 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.
It is rare to have retained its original period brass-bound weights.
The professionally restored, tested and guaranteed movement will last for generations to come. (Full guarantee for two years).
The case with an old British Antique Dealers Association Ltd. label.
MARMADUKE STORR, Lombard Street, London
Born York 1710, apprenticed 1724-1775. Moved to London 1724.
Specialised in long case clocks.”Eminent watchmaker” probably Clockmakers Company. Watch movement mentioned 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.
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, on 24th April, 2008.
For further reading see www.vam.ac.uk/ 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
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