Sussex Saleroom: 14th, 15th, Thursday 16th May 2019
A GEORGE III GILT-BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BRACKET CLOCK
By John Ellicott, London, circa 1760
The bell-top case surmounted by a brass carrying handle, above a moulded pediment, with a glazed hinged door below, the sides each with a rectangular panel and a glazed door to the back, on a stepped base, on foliate cast scrolled feet; the 7 1/2in. circular white enamel dial signed Ellicott, London, with Roman chapters and Arabic five-minute markers, pierced blued steel hands, the twin train chain fusée movement with foliate engraved arched backplate, signed Ellicott London, with verge escapement and hinged pendulum locking block, with pull-repeat and strike on a bell; ensuite with a later mahogany waisted bracket
The clock 51cm high
76cm high overall, (one pendulum, one case key and one bracket)
John Ellicott, F.R.S., (b. 1706, d. 1772), one of the most eminent makers during the Age of Enlightenment. He was granted the position of Clockmaker to King George II and also George III, working at St. Swithin's Alley, Royal Exchange, London. A legacy of his work is the temperature-compensated pendulum as well as perfecting the cylinder escapement.
See Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock, pp. 64 & 70, which illustrates the plainer variant of this model. On page 86 is illustrated an enamel dial version with virtually identical mounts.