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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    AN UNUSUAL GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED LONGCASE CLOCK AND BAROMETER

    RICHARD PECKOVER, MID-18TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED LONGCASE CLOCK AND BAROMETER
    RICHARD PECKOVER, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The case with pagoda hood surmounted by brass flaming urn finials, with silk-backed fretwork panels to the pediment, cornice and sides (replaced), out-set brass stop-fluted front columns with unusual ovolo-cast capitals, conforming half columns to the rear, the arched front door with moulded frame and set with a glazed barometer dial, with fielded panel to the plinth and raised on squab feet, the 12 in. wide brass dial with eagle and urn spandrels to a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring signed 'Richard Peckover LONDON', matted centre with subsidiary seconds ring and date aperture, with strike/silent ring to the arch, blued steel hands, the eight day movement with five pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell; with fragmentary depository label printed 'RICHARDSON OF HIGH(CLIFFE)?' AND TYPED 'C. WILLS' pasted over a Maple's Depository label with illegible pencil inscription; brass rod pendulum with calibrated rating nut, two brass weights, crank key, two door keys
    105 in. (266.5 cm.) high; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep


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    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    R.W. Symonds, A Book of English Clocks, Harmondsworth, 1947.
    N. Goodison, English Barometers and Their Makers 1680-1860, Woodbridge, 1977.
    T. Robinson, The Longcase Clock, Woodbridge, 1981.
    P.G. Dawson, The Iden Clock Collection, Woodbridge, 1987.


    Richard Peckover is recorded in Change Alley in 1735 and Royal Exchange in 1751. He took over Quare and Horseman's business in 1733.

    Clocks incorporating barometers are rare. Robinson (p.270) shows an example by Christopher Pinchbeck and Dawson (pp.260-261), Goodison (pp.144-146) and Symonds (p.68) show others by John Ellicott, who is perhaps the most famous maker to have designed such clocks, one of which may be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. An astronomical longcase clock with barometer in the door by Alexander Cumming was sold Christie's London, 19 June 2000, lot 91. On the present clock it is interesting to note the flattened arch of the trunk door which frames the barometer dial, a relatively uncommon design which may also be seen on the best London cases by makers such as Ellicott, Mudge and Dutton.

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    Provenance

    C. Wills.