AMBROSE VOWELL. A FINE GEORGE II PERIOD FIGURED WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK WITH BREAK ARCH DIAL AND ORIGINAL CADDY TOP.
A fine George II period figured walnut longcase clock with break arch dial and original caddy top.
The case is veneered with highly figured walnut of excellent colour and patination. The pull-forward caddy top hood is flanked by turned, walnut veneered pillars with brass capitals. The original caddy top is surmounted by two gilt ball finials.
The 12 inch break arch dial has an applied chapter ring with foliate corner spandrels and a subsidiary dial in the arch with an engraving of a bird and inscribed Tempus Fugit. The dial centre is finely matted with an inset seconds ring and the blued steel pointers are well pierced. The maker’s signature – Ambrose Vowell, London - is engraved on a silvered brass plaque in the dial centre.
The five pillar movement has rack striking with the hours sounded on a bell and retains its original anchor escapement. The clock comes complete with a pair of brass capped weights and brass bob pendulum.
Height: 98 in (249 cm)
Width: 21 cm (53.5 cm)
Depth: 10 ⅝ in (27 cm)
* Ambrose Vowell was working in London from circa 1720 until his death in 1776.
18th century clocks of this quality and originality rarely come onto the market.
Signed / Inscribed
Ambrose Vowell London