A RARE AND SMALL GEORGE III EBONISED AND BRASS MOUNTED STRIKING TABLE / BRACKET CLOCK WITH PULL REPEAT SIGNED WILLIAM ALLAM, LONDON. CIRCA 1775-1780
the bell top case with brass carrying handle over, flanked by four pinecone finials, on a plinth base and brass bracket feet, with gilt pierced quadrants above the break-arch, brass lined front door opening to the 6″ break-arch dial with Rococo style gilt spandrels, with Roman chapter ring and Arabic five minute markers, the matted gilt centre with mock pendulum aperture and chamfered date aperture, with subsidiary silvered dials to the arch for strike / silent and pendulum regulation, signed on a cartouche above ‘William Allam LONDON’ with a flourish below, the twin fusee movement secured to the case by a pair of L shaped engraved brass brackets located in the uprights of the rear door, the substantial plates united by five knopped pillars with verge escapement striking the hours on a bell, the backplate signed within a foliate border, the lenticular pendulum secured via a pin to the rise and fall regulation, with two case keys,
44.5cm high handle up,
A similarly proportioned George III brass-mounted ebonised table clock, but with a slightly smaller domed top and by Allam and Clements, sold Christie’s London, 20 February 2008, lot 96 (£36,500). Another clock of related design also by Allam and Clements, sold Christie’s London, 6 December 2006, lot 99 (£19,200).
An ebonised and brass mounted table clock of almost identical appearance was sold at Bonhams, London, 15 December 2004, lot 171, £30,000.
C.H. Baillie ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’ records Allam as Freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1743-1785. From 1764 he was in partnership with Clements until 1795.