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A George III gilt-mounted ebonised organ clock case with a painted and gilt-mounted dial after Ferri and Rysbrack, circa 1765
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A George III gilt-mounted ebonised organ clock case with a painted and gilt-mounted dial after Ferri and Rysbrack, circa 1765
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A George III gilt-mounted ebonised organ clock case with a painted and gilt-mounted dial after Ferri and Rysbrack, circa 1765
15½-inch dial plate painted with 'The Virgins tending the fire in the Temple of Vesta' after Ciro Ferri, the gilt-bronze mounts of the seven muses together with Apollo and Diana and pillars framing the 4¾-inch dial aperture, the case with broken-arch top and brass-bound panels above floral scroll corner mounts, the side doors cast with masks, scrolls and musical trophies, the moulded base on gilt feet
108cm. 42½in. high
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Catalogue Note

This case and dial is one of a small group of known examples produced in London in the mid-18th century for the musical clock maker Charles Clay and his successor George Pyke. This particular case is most closely associated to the George Pyke organ clock at Temple Newsam House, Leeds which is dated to 1765 and has very similar gilt-bronze mounts to the dial, the design of which has been attributed to John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770).

The painted scene is virtually a mirror image of a painting by Ciro Ferri (1634-1689) in the Galleria Spada, Rome.

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