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AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY WALNUT BRACKET CLOCK BY ALEX GIROUST

AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY WALNUT BRACKET CLOCK BY ALEX GIROUST AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY WALNUT BRACKET CLOCK BY ALEX GIROUST
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AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY WALNUT BRACKET CLOCK BY ALEX GIROUST

A rare early George I period figured walnut bracket clock by this excellent clock maker. The fully restored 8-Day movement with its verge escapement runs for 8 days, strikes the hours on a bell and has a pull repeat mechanism for recalling the last hour and last quarter hour on three bells. The dial has two cherub head and foliate corner spandrels, inset date work, an aperture for the dummy pendulum bob and the maker’s name engraved on a silvered plaque within the finely matted centre. 

The backplate consists of a central vase of flowers with birds, scrolling foliage, and there is a wheatear engraved border. 

The patinated walnut veneered case is in remarkably original condition and it retains its original brass scroll carrying handle. Its small size and shallowness are of particular appeal, as is the rich mellow colour of the figured walnut veneers. 

Literature

Alex Giroust was most probably of French Huguenot origin and was working in London in the first quarter of the 18th century. This would have been one of the first clocks he made. Small walnut square dial spring driven table clocks were made in much smaller numbers than ebony or ebonized examples and are therefore quite rare.

Signed / Inscribed

circa 1715
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