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English Regency mahogany longcase clock c.1815-20.

Painted dial bearing the maker’s names ‘(James) Dennett, St. Helen’s (Lancashire), a listed maker of the Regency/George IV period.

The large arched Birmingham dial also features a moon-phase wheel in the arch with splendid Halifax moons and country and sea scenes for the new moons. Two full months are need for one full rotation of the moon-phase wheel. Floral sprays in all corners, painted using silver-leaf for highlights. Pair of (mythological?) birds painted in dial centre, again using a base of silver-leaf.

  The fine dial plate has been expertly cleaned and restored, including the globes of the eastern and western hemispheres for the new-moon shields.

Gilt pierced hands in brass for minutes, hours, sweep seconds and calendar-work.

The mahogany case is what is called a ‘Liverpool case’ after the grand and elaborate furniture style developed in the Liverpool region of England in the late C18th, reflecting new wealth and sophistication. Cases in this period tend to be tall with best quality veneer work and applied detail. Selected flame mahogany veneers over a pine frame. Mahogany cross banding. Short door in the early C19th manner. Inlaid with box-wood and ebony stringing in the geometric Sheraton style, with a figurative inlay in fruitwoods between the swan-necks. Recessed square-form columns to the trunk, canted corners to the base and fluted mahogany columns to the hood. Box-pediment fronted by swan-necks to the top, with gilt paterae, gilt column plinths and capitals and a set of three brass finials to the hood. Bracket-plinth to base.

The case cleaned and revived and in glowing condition. Eight-day duration, weight driven, striking hours only on a single bell. Anchor escapement, the pendulum beating true seconds. The pendulum is unusual in having a rise/fall rating nut above the bob in the manner of a bracket clock, for fine adjustments to time-keeping. Driven by two large iron weights. Crank wind.

An elegant city clock of the period.

 Dimensions: 241 x 57 x 25 cm

 Circa: 1815-20

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