A Very Fine Royal Satinwood Quarter Striking Table Clock With Thermometer Made For George III
Case: The satinwood veneered case with shallow inverted-bell top and gilt-brass pineapple finial, the front door with narrow stiles and brass-framed square dial aperture above the circular thermometer aperture, the sides with lifting handles above pierced-wood fret apertures framed by conforming gilt-brass mouldings, the back door with matching fret. On a deep moulded base with brass moulded bracket feet.
Dials: 6 inch square brass dial with rococo spandrel-ends shaped to the enamel subsidiaries with blued-steel arrow hands. The top left with pendulum regulation 0-42 inscribed TO REGULATE and STRIKE/SILENT top right, the bottom two blank. The enamel chapter-disc with typical pierced blued-steel hands. The circular enamel thermometer-dial calibrated 0-100 inscribed Freezing/Temperate/Summer Heat.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: Substantial shaped 6 by 7 inch plates with six baluster pillars, triple fusees and spring barrels, half-deadbeat escapement with spring-suspended lenticular pendulum adjusted by pivoted regulation bar over the plates. Rack striking on a large bell and quarter striking on six graduated bells, the line-bordered backplate engraved with a central basket of fruit above a reserve signed Justin Vulliamy London within rococo scrolls, hatching and flowers.
Strike Type: Quarter striking with trip repeat.
Provenance: Originally made for King George III.
Circa 1800, returned to Vulliamy's workshops for alterations.
Sold Sotheby's London, 14th December, 1970, lot 94 (illustrated) from the collection of Mrs. V.M. Willmer.
With R.A. Lee.
Christie's, London, 1 July 2005, lot 133.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.