A fine, late George II - early George III period walnut table clock by this celebrated Royal maker.
The exceptional inverted belltop case with its knopped brass carrying handle has finely figured walnut veneers which are repeated in its cross grain mouldings. It stands on a double plinth base with moulded block feet and the front corners of the case are fluted and canted with stop chamfers.
The fully restored verge movement is of 8-day duration and strikes the hours on a single bell. The brass dial has a finely matted centre with a dummy pendulum aperture, foliate corner spandrels, inset datework and a subsidiary dial in the arch for strike/silent. The blued steel pointers appear to be original. The maker’s signature John Ellicott London is on a raised silvered brass disc.
The substantial movement largely fills the case and the backplate is exquisitely engraved with foliage and a wheatear border which is repeated on the fixing brackets. The maker’s signature John Ellicott, London is set within the centre of the backplate.
Height: 18 ¼ in (46 cm)
Width: 13 ⅛ in (33.25 cm)
Depth: 8 ⅝ in (21.75 cm)
* John Ellicott was born in 1706 and established his business in Swithin's Alley, Royal Exchange in 1728. He was the inventor of a compensation pendulum and he developed the use of the cylinder escapement. Like his peer George Graham, he became a member of the Royal Society, for which he wrote several papers. He was appointed Clockmaker to the King and he designed the London Hospital clock. He died suddenly in 1772 and was succeeded by his son. His work can be found in museums and royal collections throughout the world. Walnut table clocks of this quality and date are rarely found in such pristine condition.