A fine George III period red and gilt chinoiserie lacquer bell top table clock, the 3 train 8-day hour striking movement with quarter chimes on 8 bells and a musical tune on the hour.
The finely mounted brass dial has a silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minute markers. The dial is signed on a recessed silvered brass plaque William Dunant London below XII. There is a subsidiary strike/silent dial within the arch and an option for the tune Lovely Nancy at the top. The blued steel hands are finely pierced and appear to be original. The foliate spandrels to the dial corners are well cast. Inside the door, the dial mask is beautifully coloured and decorated with foliage and flowers.
The substantial triple fusee movement has a fully engraved foliate backplate, cocks and case mounts. It has a verge escapement with a pear shaped pendulum bob, substantial plates and six knopped pillars. Striking the quarters on 8 bells, and the hours on a single bell with trip repeat, the movement is of excellent quality.
The outstanding red japanned case has a bell-top surmounted by a pineapple finial. Four more finials surround the top. The case is decorated with pierced gilt wooden sound frets both front and back and below the bell top. The red and gilt lacquer work depicting oriental scenes is in pristine condition, hence its beautiful mellow red colour.
Height: 19 ½ in (49.5 cm)
Width: 13 in (33 cm)
Depth: 9 ½ in (24 cm)
* William Dunant is listed by Brian Loomes in Clockmakers of the World on page 230. He was working in London prior to 1760 but sadly, like a number of other excellent makers, he was a poor businessman and he went bankrupt in 1769.