William Carpenter was a well established maker of complicated and highly decorative watches and clocks for the Chinese market.He is listed as working in London and Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1770-1805. Examples of Clocks and Watches by William Carpenter can be found at the Palace Museum, Beijing. Interestingly an almost identical watch depicting the same enamel painted scene and numbered 4633 was sold at Antiquorum Geneva, 10 November 2013, lot 377. A further similar watch but with different enamel scene and numbered 4643 was sold at Sotheby's, The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, London, 6 July 2017, lot 27.
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