• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 95

    A GEORGE IV BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONISED STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK IN THE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE

    ALEXANDER STRAITON, LONDON. CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONISED STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK IN THE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE
    ALEXANDER STRAITON, LONDON. CIRCA 1820
    CASE: gadrooned top with pineapple finial, acroteria to front angles above brass Egyptian herms with painted hieroglyphics above scroll volutes, pierced brass side frets, the base with ripple moulded panel, gadrooned bracket feet DIAL: 7¼ in. diameter white painted dial, strike/silent to XII, signed 'Alexander Straiton/LONDON', blued steel moon hands MOVEMENT: twin chain fusees with anchor escapement, rack strike and trip repeat on bell, engraved border to back plate with repeat signature; engraved micrometer pendulum, winding key, two case keys
    20 in. (51 cm.) high; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide; 6¾ in. (17 cm.) deep


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    Alexander Straiton is recorded as Free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1823. He died in 1873.
    The design of this clock, with its Egyptian herms mounts and pseudo hieroglyphics, follows the fashions of the Regency period. R.C.R Barder (The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Woodbridge, 1999 pp. 196-197) suggests the revival of interest in Egypt can be dated back to Napoleon's expedition of 1798, which lead to many publications by scholars, including Dominique-Vivant Denon's Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypt in 1802. This was published in English the same year. Furniture in the Egyptian style was first illustrated by Sheraton in his Encyclopedia (1804-6) and was popularised by George Smith's book, A collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1808).

    Barder illustrates a clock by James McCabe of closely related design to the present clock (p. 197, plate VI/30). A very similar clock sold The Ellerslie House Collection, Christie's London, 14 May 2001, lot 65 (£7,637). Another table clock, by Ellicott and Co., in a similar Egyptian revival style, sold The Royal Sun Alliance Collection, Christie's London, 19 May 2005, lot 205.

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