A LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY EBONISED BRACKET / TABLE CLOCK SIGNED JOHN BUSHMAN, LONDON
the case with inverted bell top surmounted by a ‘Quare’ type scrolling brass handle, the sides with later carved foliate frets, the break arch door with later quadrant frets, the back door with square glazed panel, the 7″ square brass dial with unusual crown and sceptre gilt spandrels, silvered Roman chapter ring with Arabic outer track, inscribed ‘LONDON’ at the base, with matted centre and mock pendulum aperture and chamfered date aperture, with ringed winding squares, with associated arch joined to the dial with silvered boss signed ‘John Bushman London’ flanked by a pair of applied putto, the knopped and finned four pillar fusee movement converted from a twin fusee striking clock into a timepiece movement with false winding square, with converted anchor escapement, the backplate finely engraved with a cornucopia and scrolling acanthus leaves, with pendulum,
The movement is ticking but not fully tested or guaranteed. This late 17th century clock movement and dial have been re-housed in an early 18th century break-arch case and a brass arch added to the dial, it may once have been fitted into a basket top case, typical of this period.
Provenance: Phillips New Bond Street, 11th December 1990, lot 149.
C.H. Baillie records John Bushman as free of the Clockmakers from 1687 and working until circa 1710. He may have been related to the Buschmann dynasty of clockmakers who came from Hagen, Germany.