An Exceptionally Rare and Important English Longcase Night Clock.
Case: The purpose-made ebonised fruitwood veneered case with architectural top with the tin lined chimney, the pediment and frieze above Corinthian columns, the glazed sides with lamp drawer above on the right side, the convex throat moulding over paneled trunk door and sides, the plain base on four bun feet.
Dial: 11 by 13 inch gilt-brass engraved and painted dial with four latched feet, engraved prespectively with piers supporting an arch pierced with five-minute quarter-hour markers, with grotesque mask keystone, its inner edge serrated for minute indication, with upper corners densely engraved with stylished flowerheads. The lower section with a moral verse in two boxes below chequer-work tiling. The central painted scene of a tempietto set against a mountainous landscape, centred by a subsidiary serrated seconds ring, with revolving disc above, painted with dancing putti and incorporating two apertures, respectively revealing the successive hours displayed on a series of twelve pierced and linked brass plates, these carried around a ten-sided wheel, the sequence of the plates arranged with every fifth plate anti-clockwise being the next number to present itself through the aperture.
Duration: 8 day.
Movement: The five-sided pentagonal brass plates with seven latched finned baluster pillars, two train capped barrels with anchor escapement and outside countwheel strike on a bell mounted between the plates.
Strike Type: Outside countwheel strike.
Provenance: Christie's London, 4th July 2007, lot 165 (49,400 GBP).
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p. 388-391.
Comments: The dial is reminiscent of the unsigned night clock attributed to the Fromanteel workshop in Horological Masterworks, Ticehurst, 2003 p.90, cat. no. 20.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.