5 July 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A George III walnut and gilt-brass mounted musical table clock
Williamson, London. Circa 1770
The bell top case with gilt-brass urn finials (replaced) and handles to the sides above silk-backed gilt-brass frets (replaced), the canted front angles with mounts cast as caryatids trailing flowers, raised on scroll feet, the brass-lined front door with silk-backed quarter frets, the 8in. wide brass dial with foliate spandrels to a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, matted centre with engraved border to a square date aperture, blued steel hands, the arch engraved with sprigs and with subsidiary silvered rings for strike/silent and music selection (Cotillion/Timely Warning/Song/Song), signed Williamson London on a recessed silvered plaque, the triple fusee (wire lines) six pillar movement with verge escapement, with hour strike on bell and music on eight later bells via seventeen hammers and a 3¼in. long pinned barrel, with trips for music and hours, the back plate engraved with scrolls and a flowering basket
23½in. (59.5cm.) high
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Probably Timothy Williamson, working in London 1769-1788, who made watches and automaton and musical clocks for the Chinese Export market.
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