A THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY EBONISED AND GILT BRASS MOUNTED QUARTER CHIMING MUSICAL TABLE / BRACKET CLOCK SIGNED ‘HENRY BORRELL, LONDON’
the moulded arched case surmounted by a dome with gilt brass pierced decoration and with a finial above, the corners with freestanding Corinthian columns with fruiting finials over, on a shaped plinth base, the arched and glazed door enclosing the 6.25 inch gilt brass arched dial, with engraved foliate decoration to the corners and arabesques to the centre of the silvered Roman chapter ring, with subsidiary dials to the arch for chime / silent and chime on eight bells / Westminster chimes, the substantial triple chain fusee movement with pin wheel activating the hammers for the nest of eight graduated bells, which play a tune on the quarters, the hours sounds on a coiled steel gong, the backplate signed ‘HENRY BURRELL LONDON’ with an engraved oval, with pendulum,
The clock is ticking and chiming but not fully tested or guaranteed.
Henry Borrell produced some of the most exceptional, fine and valuable clocks for the Turkish and Chinese markets that were ever made. His name, along with Markwick Markham, Francis Perigal and Paul Rimboult is synonymous with the fine clocks produced for the Ottoman market in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is particularly renowned for his musical and automata clocks which were sometimes produced for specific commissions, This clock was made towards the end of his illustrious career in about 1840. His workshop was established at 15 Wilderness Row, London in 1795 and was still based there in 1840.
Henry Borrell and Markwick Markham’s exceptional monumental musical clock made for the Ottoman market was sold at Christie’s, Paris, 4 November 2015 lot 527, £193,000.
A gilt bronze automata and musical clock Burrell made for the Chinese market in 1795 was sold at Christie’s, London, 5 July 2012, lot 36, £735,000.
There is a late 18th century gilt bronze musical and automata clock by Henry Borrell in the Palace Museum, Beijing.
G.H. Baillie ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’, Vol. 1.