Item Details

Maker: Howlett & Horne

Circa: 1780

Height: Height: 10 inches, Width: 6 inches, Depth: 5 inches.

Stock No. Inventory No. 45

Price: Sorry Sold

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A Superb Miniature Ormolu and Enamel Musical and Quarter Chiming Spring Clock, Made For The Chinese Market.

A Superb Miniature Ormolu and Enamel Musical and Quarter Chiming Spring Clock, Made For The Chinese Market.

 Case: The ormolu case with foliate finials to the pagoda top applied with moulded panels decorated with polychrome flowers on a dark blue ground, quatrefoil sound frets to the frieze with unusual foliate frop finials to the corners, the body of the case with further panels of enamel to the back door and the sides set with arched sound frets, the base resting on gilt case elephant feet.

Dial: 2.5 inch circular white enamel dial with Roman and Arabic chapter and finely pierced gold hands with sweep centre seconds. The paste-set glazed bezel within a symmetrical frame of quartefoil sounds frets.

Duration: 8 day.

Movement: 3 by 5 inch plates with five tapered pillars, triple chain fusee movement, pivoted verge escapement with adjustable lenticular pendulum three tune musical train with silvered selection disc on the backplate Highland Laddie . Prince Williams Return . La Tracie, the music playing on eight transverse-mounted bells with ten hammers, the hours struck by one hammer on the largest bell, the plain backplate signed Howlett & Horne London.

Escapement: Pivoted verge.

Strike Type: Musical and quarter chiming.

Provenance: Christie's London, 1 July 2005, lot 124 (74,400 GBP).

Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.430-433.

Comments: With a complex miniature musical movement, superb polychrome 'Geneva' enamelling and exqusite ormolu case with elephant feet, this clock was made for export and was most likely produced for a Chinese dignitary.

Part of The Tom Scott Collection.