21 October 1999
A GEORGE II SCARLET AND GILT-JAPANNED LONGCASE CLOCK
By Stephen Rimbault, London, circa 1750
The silvered chapter ring enclosing a matt dial with maker's plaque inscribed Step. Rimbault LONDON. and with strike/silent dial above within scrolling foliate dolphin and Venus mask spandrels, the arched glazed door flanked by pilasters beneath a scrolling sounding board and surmounted by a stepped caddy lid with ball and spire finials, the case with arched door above a plinth and rectangular skirting, the whole decorated with Chinese figures, pavilions, exotic birds and flowering plants in gilt on a scarlet ground, the two-train movement with anchor escapement striking the hour on a bell, decoration restored
98in. (249cm.) high
The Baldwin Estate, sold Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., New York, 16-17 January 1959, lot 179.
Walter E. Gilbert, Norwich, Connecticut (purchased at the sale).
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The maker is probably John Stephen Rimbault who is recorded working at Great Street and Andrews Street, London from 1744-1785.
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