• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 129

    A GEORGE III STRIKING EIGHT DAY HOODED WALL CLOCK

    THE MOVEMENT BY FRANCIS PERIGAL, LONDON. CIRCA 1780; THE RE-BUILT MAHOGANY CASE INCORPORATING SOME EARLIER ELEMENTS

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    A GEORGE III STRIKING EIGHT DAY HOODED WALL CLOCK
    THE MOVEMENT BY FRANCIS PERIGAL, LONDON. CIRCA 1780; THE RE-BUILT MAHOGANY CASE INCORPORATING SOME EARLIER ELEMENTS
    CASE: brass urn finials and fretwork cresting to shallow-arched hood, boxwood stop-fluted front angles, the satinwood inlaid bracket sliding forward to reveal key drawer, trade label for 'Bates Gentlemen's hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St James', London', pasted inside DIAL: 10 in. wide shallow-arched engraved and silvered dial signed 'FRANCIS PERIGAL/Royal Exchange/LONDON', strike/silent above 60, central date square, blued steel hands MOVEMENT: twin line fusees, five ringed pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell, front plate stamped 'BEST' and '1137'; pendulum, winding key
    32 in. (82.5 cm.) high; 16½ (42 cm.) wide; 8¾ (22 cm.) deep


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    This type of hooded wall clock is most commonly associated with John Ellicott, with the shallow-arched hood and dial following the design of that maker's longcase clocks. Examples by Ellicott have been sold: the Vitale collection, Christie's London, 26 November 1996, lot 240 (£14,950) and anonymous sale, Christie's London, 5 July 2006, lot 126 (£9,600).
    Francis Perigal (b.1734) was apprenticed in 1748 and a Freeman of the Clockmakers' Company 1756-1775. He worked at Threadneedle Street and Royal Exchange. The number stamped on the front plate is most likely a Thwaites reference number. Ainsworth Thwaites supplied movements to many of the top London makers and the number corresponds to a date of circa 1783 in the firm's production.

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    Provenance

    Bates Gentlemen's Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St James', London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN