THOMAS BROOKS FECIT. A rare, early shield dial tavern clock by this unusual early maker. (London, )

THOMAS BROOKS FECIT. A rare, early shield dial tavern clock by this unusual early maker.
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THOMAS BROOKS FECIT. A rare, early shield dial tavern clock by this unusual early maker.

OriginLondon
DateCirca 1735
A rare, early shield dial tavern clock by this unusual early maker.

The case with its bombé shaped base and black and raised gilt lacquer chinoiserie decoration is one of the largest we have ever seen. It is decorated on to pine, as one would expect on a piece of George II lacquer furniture at the end of the early period. The central door features Father Time with his scythe in an exotic oriental landscape. The original ogee shaped base has floral and foliate decoration which is repeated on the case sides in the form of chrysanthemums. The panel below the door slides from side to side and has a central glass lenticle for observing the swinging pendulum.

The flat wood dial consists of three vertical planks and has a bold ogee edge moulding with gilt foliate decoration and the maker’s signature. The chapter ring is very well laid out with Roman hours and outside five minute marks. The brass hands have heart shaped tips, the minute with counterpoise. The original eight day rectangular plated movement with finned pillars has a long pendulum with brass bob and oval lead weight.

Height: 63 in (160 cm)
Width: 36 in (91.5 cm)
Depth: 9 ¼ in (23.5 cm)

* Thomas Brooks is listed on page 107 of Brian Loomes’ Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World 21st Century Edition as working in London after 1730.

Provenance: American Private Collection

HW5562

Signed / Inscribed

Thomas Brooks Fecit