A Very Fine Cream And Polychrome Japanned Striking And Pull-Quarter Repeating Table Clock With Original Winding Key
Case: All over polychrome decorated with dark green cross-hatched panels and crimson highlights with sprays of flowers, foliage, birds and figures on the areas of cream ground between. The inverted-bell top with a brass Quare style S-scroll baluster handle, the shallow breakarch glazed apertures below D-ended frets, the interior washed in red, sitting on a moulded base with turned brass bun feet.
Dial: 6 inch shallow breakarch brass dial with wheatear border and crown-and-sceptre spandrels. The engraved shallow arch with scrolling foliage signed Jos. Windmills London in an arc above the strike/silent lever at XII, silvered chapter-ring with pierced blued-steel hands, the matted centre with paste-set mock pendulum in the aperture and date square with adjusting slot above, for use with spike end of the winding key.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: 6 by 7 inch plates with five baluster pillars, twin fusees and spring barrels with outside clicks and engraved clock-spring, verge escapement and bob pendulum. Rack striking on a large bell and pull-quarter repeating on five graduated bells, the backplate engraved with symmetrical foliage and scrolls signed Jos Windmills LONDON within an oval cartouche with wheatear border.
Escapement: Knife-edge verge.
Strike Type: Hour striking with pull-quarter repeat.
Provenance: Spanish noble family, and sold Bonhams London, 7 July 2009, lot 132.
Comments: Although these colours are rare, this style of japanned decoration was popular for export furniture and this clock may have been part of a suite supplied to the original noble Iberian family.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.