A very well preserved George III period Tavern clock with round white wooden dial and chinoiserie decoration.
The case of traditional style with delicately shaped “ears” and ogee moulded base is finely decorated on the door with a pavilion and oriental figures in a bucolic rural landscape. The trunk sides are filled with chrysanthemum sprays. The round dial with the original white ground is written in black with Roman numerals, single minutes circle and outside five minute marks. The original pierced steel hands have heart shaped tips, the minute with counterpoise. The maker’s scrolling signature is written below the dial across the trunk between the ears.
The timepiece movement of one week’s duration has a five wheel train with anchor escapement and steel pendulum rod with brass faced bob. The oval, brass cased lead weight is a copy of an original.
Height: 62 ½ in (159 cm)
Dial diameter: 29 ½ in (75 cm)
* John Bethal (Bethell) is listed on page 68 of Brian Loomes’ Clockmakers of the World as working in Stowmarket, Suffolk in the last quarter of the 18th century.