Desktop Bracket Clock, John Drury, London, 1720- 1774 For Sale
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Desktop Bracket Clock, John Drury, London, 1720- 1774


Seven bells chiming. Working. Original machinery. English bracket clock desktop type with wooden box fruit and ornamental bronze relief applications and round. It presents a front simple architectural composition, with a facade finished off in means arc point raised on a simple base, molded in its upper part, raised on four legs shaped bronze scroll curled inward. The assembly has a shot sloping curved angles, ending in a dome shape on which a Classic ornamental composition rises, with a pineapple ormolu at its apex, of the same type to the four that adorn the corners of the ledge. The piece is lavishly decorated with gilded bronze plates carved and pierced, worked with thoroughness and attention to detail. The front of the watch shows garlands and vegetables Classic compositions. The dial, silver, has Roman numerals engraved in black, and three needles. On top a second smaller area, it is indicating whether the chime is activated or not is set. In the 18th century, many great collectors, including Philip V of Spain, the British preferred over others for its technical perfection watches, and indeed the English was the main watchmaking school time. The English bracket clocks are characterized by its mechanism (famed for its precision), but also for its decoration. This typology has its origins in the 60s of the seventeenth century, when the pendulum is applied to the clock replacing the previous controller "foliot" or flyer. This change was necessary to provide the mechanism for a box to protect him from impacts that could alter their march. and watches born in England called bracket, ie, transportable clocks. It is short pieces box, which houses inside a subject mechanism between two thick plates and containing, as the driving force for each train, a combined hub and snail. These watches were designed initially to be placed on a bracket, and hence its English name. This bracket was a separate piece that used to be made at once, with decor to match the clock. Subsequently, however, the base began to be developed and clock separately. The English developed a mechanical watch differentiated from the rest of Europe, based on an industry specialized workshops producing products of great technical perfection. The boxes were made by cabinet makers who enriched watches, turning them into real gems. Therefore, throughout the eighteenth century the English clocks apparent stylistic evolution that developed in English cabinetmaking, based on the William and Mary and Queen Anne models, through the Chippendale style and Hepplewithe to finally return to classicism with Adam, Sheraton and finally the Regency. Regarding the specific type of Bracket clock, maintained throughout the eighteenth century its elegant and stately, and at the end of the century boxes will be larger, more monumental. The material used for manufacturing used to be, even in the 17th century, ebony and tortoiseshell, combined with bronze applications. Since 1670 will be frequent also olive and walnut, and then start brass used. From the 1720s these woods will be replaced by shades of mahogany, more suitable to the new taste. On the other hand, the areas usually had recorded figures on the front plate, incorporating a schedule or silver industry. Later other elements such as the second hand, located on one side of the central arch, or date, including in the field will be added. Even areas for the phases of the moon will be included. Size: 31 x 22 x 58 cm.             


  • Creator
    John Drury (Clockmaker)
  • Production time
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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 22.84 in. x W 8.67 in. x D 12.21 in.

    H 58 cm x W 22 cm x D 31 cm

  • Seller location
    Madrid, ES
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