A Fine Mahogany Breakarch Triple-Pad Top Striking Table Clock
Case: Breakarch, triple-pad, mahogany case veneered onto an oak carcase surmounted by curved-base handle, arched side panels with fishscale frets. The breakarch door with brass ovolo frame to the dial aperture, the base on brass moulded block feet.
Dial: The 7 inch breakarch dial with rococo spandrels, subsidiary regulation dial calibrated 0-15 to the arch with blued-steel hand and square projection for use with a key. Strike/Not Strike lever above XII, one piece silvered chapter-disc with Roman and Arabic Numerals and calender aperture above VI. Signed above the centre Mattw. Dutton London. Sculpted blued-steel hands.
Duration: 8 day
Movement: Fine twin-fusee movement, heavy 5.5 by 7.5 inch plates, five baluster pillars, going train with anchor escapement and spring-suspended lenticular pendulum, pivoted regulation platform mounted on top of the plates, adjusted through the dial. Strike train goverened by rack-and-snail sounding the hours on a bell. The plain backplate signed Mattw. Dutton London No.301.
Strike Type: Hour rack striking.
Provenance: Christie's London, 26 Nov 1996, lot 231 (12,377 GBP)
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p. 256-257
Comments: A very similar clock, no. 308, by Dutton was exhibited at London, Science Museum, British Clockmakers' Heritage, 1952 cat. no. 161. Mahogany was reserved for the more expensive table clock cases.