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William and Mary Ebony Veneered Bracket Clock by Johnathan Lowndes

1690 England

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William and Mary Ebony Veneered Bracket Clock by Johnathan Lownde

The ebony-veneered case has a so-called domed top, a design which became popular in the Charles II period (from 1675 onwards). The case is adorned with repousse brass ornaments and rests on gilt-brass bun feet. It is surmounted by a brass carrying handle of typical shape. There are silk-backed pierced ebony sound frets to the front, whilst the sides are glazed.

The square brass dial has a silvered Roman chapter ring. In the corners are cast brass winged-cherub spandrels, whilst the matted centre has false pendulum and date apertures. The time is indicated by a pair of period pierced blued-steel hands on the black Roman chapter ring with half-our, quarter-hour, 7½-minute, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions.

The spring-driven, eight-day, twin gut-fusee movement has a going train with verge escapement and short pendulum with knife-edge suspension, enclosed by a lovely back-cock apron. The internal rack striking train indicates the hours on a bell. In addition, it has unusual pull quarter repeat on three bells, sounding all four quarters rather than three. The backplate is extremely finely engraved and signed by the maker within an engraved cartouche: Jonat Lowndes London.

Features
• Eight-day twin gut fusee movement
• Verge escapement
• Pull quarter repeat on three bells
• Square dial with silvered Roman chapter ring
• Cast brass winged-cherub spandrels
• Silk-backed pierced ebony sound frets to the front
• Glazed sides
• Strike/silent function
• Gilt brass ornaments, rests on bun feet

Signed/Inscribed
Jonat Lowndes London.

Condition

Excellent

Provenance

Private collection

Literature
Dimensions
Height 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)

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