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18th Century Antique Lacquered Longcase Clock by John Monkhouse of London



An extremely fine and imposing antique George III period chinoiserie decorated London made longcase clock by John Monkhouse. This very fine clock has a pagoda top with giltwood spire finials and elaborately pierced sound frets. The hood is profusely decorated in green and gold lacquer depicting flowers and foliate decoration. The matted brass dial with a silvered chapter ring and pierced hands, signed John Monkhouse London, has three winding holes and a date aperture, and a seconds dial. Above is an arched top with a background of gold stars on a blue ground, and a revolving moon. The arch is painted with a border of flowers. There are two subsidiary dials depicting 'hours-strike' and 'quarters strike'. The corner spandrels have fine mask motifs set in a field of elaborately pierced brass in the Rococo taste. The case is beautifully decorated, mirroring the hood. The arch trunk door depicting raised scenes in the colorful chinoiserie taste, including exotic birds and flowers, landscape views, architectural studies and marine. All this decoration is on a green ground with a selection of polychrome colors. This fine clock is raised on a stepped plinth base. The clock has a three train weight driven movement with anchor escapement and seconds beating brass bob pendulum. The movement strikes the hours on a bell and additionally sounds each quarter hour on a gallery of six bells. John Monkhouse is recorded as working in London Between 1756-1771; he was known for his musical clocks.


  • Creator
    John Monkhouse (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 109.06 in. (277 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 11.23 in. (28.5 cm)
  • Style
    Georgian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1765
  • Condition
    Repaired: Only the necessary professional cleaning and maintenance of the working mechanism to ensure its good working order and reliability. Essential cleaning and waxing of the wood case to preserve its patina and colour. Wear consistent with age and use. Condition of this longcase clock is excellent. Any further details available will be given freely and frankly upon request.
  • Seller Location
    Devon, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: NRLUCA1stDibs: 130612969737

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  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Devon, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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