A GEORGE I WALNUT MARQUETRY MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK, CHARLES CLAY, LONDON, CIRCA 1720 |
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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- 272cm. 8ft. 11in. high
12-inch dial with Indian mask and scroll spandrels, matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial, apertures for date and month, signed on a silvered plaque Charles Clay, London, the movement with five knopped pillars, anchor escapement, five wheel trains, striking on a bell, the case with caddy cresting and flambeau finials above foliate frieze frets and brass-capped hood pilasters, the trunk with foliate carved silvered corbels to the upper corners, the rectangular trunk door inset with a lenticle and inlaid with bird and arabesque scrolls, the sides crossbanded and divided into panels, the plinth similarly inlaid
Charles Clay was born in Yorkshire but was established as a clockmaker in London by 1716. An innovative maker, he is particularly known for his musical organ clocks, examples of which can be found in the British Royal Collection at Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle. He was clockmaker to his majesty's board of works between 1723 and his death in 1740.