27 October 2006
A GEORGE II CREAM AND POLYCHROME-JAPANNED TABLE CLOCK
WILLIAM WEBSTER, LONDON, CIRCA 1730, PREVIOUSLY WITH MUSICAL TRAIN
The brass dial with silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half markers, pierced steel hands (later hour), the matted centre with date and mock pendulum aperture and plaque signed 'William Webster Exchange Alley London', below a musical selection ring with silvered ring engraved 'the Happy Clown the Granadiers March Ye King Enjoys his Own', with cherub masks and pierced foliate spandrels, the now twin fusee movement with verge escapement, seven knopped pillars and strike on later bell, the backplate profusely engraved with foliate scrolls, the case decorated overall with flowers, with stepped domed pediment with brass urn finials and decorated with Chinese figures, above glazed front and rear doors and glazed arched panelled sides, on a plinth with shaped wavy apron, the decoration later, and with original red and gilt-japanned surface beneath, lacking winder
25 in. (63.5 cm.) high; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) wide; 9 in. (22.5 cm.) deep
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William Webster (d. 1734) of Exchange Alley, London, was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1710. He was apprenticed to the pre-eminent clockmaker Thomas Tompion. His son, William, was also a prominent clock and watch maker.
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