A Magnificent George III Red Turtleshell Ormolu And Silver Musical Table Clock
Case: The Tempietto red turtleshell case with a cupola top applied with ormolu flower trellis fretwork and surmounted by a lamed urn finial. The four out-set angles of the case with arches between are surmounted by further matching finials above turtleshell mouldings supported on elaborate gilt foliate cast volutes. The sides with cast sound frets and the base is raised on fine foliate-cast bipod scroll feet.
Dial: 7 by 9.5 inch break-arch dial with central vitreous enamel chapter dial with Turkish numerals signed Markwick Markham Perigal London, the enamel subsidaries for chime/not chime and music selection. The surronding dial plate entirely covered with solid silver and enamel spandrels in blue, green and gold.
Movement: The five pillar movement with triple fusees, the central going train with anchor escapement, the hour train rack striking on a large bell, while the music has four selection sounding on eight bells via a pumped pin-barrel. The backplate with border engraving and signed Markwick Markham Perigal London to the centre.
Duration: 8 days.
Provenance: Private collection U.S.A.
Literature: Dr Ian White, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets AHS 2012. P.W. Cumhaill Watches 1967, pp. 110.