FRANCIS DORRELL

FRANCIS DORRELL (London, circa 1755)

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A fine George II period chinoiserie green lacquer inverted bell top table clock, the two train 8-day movement with hour strike on a single bell.. The finely mounted brass dial has a raised silvered chapter ring, inset datework and dummy pendulum apertures. There is a subsidiary strike/silent dial within the arch. The blued steel hands are finely pierced and appear to be original and the gilt foliate corner spandrels are well cast and chased.

The double fusee movement has a fully engraved foliate backplate, back cock apron and herringbone engraved securing brackets.

The exceptional green and gilt japanned case has an inverted bell top surmounted by a delicately cast brass foliate decorated carrying handle. The green and gilt lacquer work of the case is in pristine condition and displays flowers and foliage with human figures in an oriental landscape.

Height: 16 ¾ in (42.5 cm)

Width: 10 ⅛ in (25.5 cm)

Depth: 6 ¾ in (17.25 cm)

* Francis Dorrell was a second generation clockmaker of the same name, having succeeded his father and grandfather. He was free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1755 and was active in London until his death in 1780. We have previously had both a fine walnut table clock and longcase by him.

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Fra Dorrell London

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