Sussex Saleroom: 14th, 15th, Thursday 16th May 2019
A GEORGE III GILT-BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY QUARTER-CHIMING MUSICAL TABLE CLOCK
By Eardley Norton, London, No. 795, Circa 1770
The bell-top case with five flaming vase finials, above a moulded pediment, the glazed door with pierced sound frets, flanked by fluted canted angles, with brass inlaid stop flutes, the sides each with a brass carrying handle above a glazed panel, the 7in. arched brass dial, signed in the arch Eardley Norton , London 795, flanked by a subsidiary for chime/not chime and another for the tune selector, March/Sonata/Air/Cotillion, above a silvered chapter ring, Roman chapters and Arabic five-minute markers, enclosing a matted centre with calendar aperture and pierced blued steel hands, the substantial three train fusée movement with six pillars, the profusely engraved backplate with foliate scrolls signed Eardley Norton London and numbered in the upper righthand side 795, striking the hours on a bell and with musical quarters on eight bells with fifteen hammers
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: Richard C. R. Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock, 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2001, p. 110 shows a virtually identical clock, number 1087.
Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume, The Musical Clock, Mayfield, 1995, p. 315, pl. XIII/13.
Eardley Norton, 49 St. John Street, London, was first recorded in 1762, a Freeman of the Clockmakers' Company 1770-1794.
A reknowned maker, with an international clientele, especially in Russia and Sweden. He is noted for his musical and astronomical clocks.
A similar clock, number 1093, sold Christie's, London, 4 July 2007, lot 156.