8 July 2010
AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY STRIKING EIGHT-DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
GEORGE FURNACE, DUBLIN, CIRCA 1770
CASE: the hood with relief-carved cornice and carved capitals to stop-fluted columns, arched trunk door, plinth on bracket feet DIAL: 13½ in. square cut-away brass dial signed on the chapter ring 'Geo Furnace/DUBLIN', with subsidiary seconds ring and date aperture MOVEMENT: four pillar movement with anchor escapement and inside countwheel strike-on-bell; two brass weights, pendulum
90½ in. (230 cm.) high; 23 in. (59 cm.) wide; 10½ in. (27 cm.) deep
Almost certainly acquired by Charlotte, Countess Spencer,'From C Brady's/Antique/Furniture Warerooms/8 & 27 UPPER LIFFEY STREET/Dublin' during the tenure of her husband John Poyntz, 5th Earl Spencer (1835-1910) whilst Viceroy of Ireland, 1868-74 and 1882-85 and thence by descent in the Staircase Hall at Spencer House, where photographed in 1916.
Thence by descent until removed by Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975) circa 1927 to Althorp, Northamptonshire.
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Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975), Althorp, Furniture, Vol. I, circa 1937 and later - 'The property of Charlotte, Countess Spencer, "bought in Ireland".'
George Furnace is recorded working in Dublin 1751-1781.
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