A FINE EARLY GEORGE III PERIOD EBONISED AND GILT BRASS MOUNTED MUSICAL BRACKET / TABLE CLOCK WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT SIGNED GEORGE LINDSAY, CIRCA 1762-1770
the case with inverted bell top surmounted by a brass carrying handle and flanked by four pinecone finials, the sides with circular, carved pierced frets over glazed panels, on ogee bracket feet, the front with pierced scrolling quadrants over the gilt brass lined, break-arch door, the six inch break-arch brass dial with silvered Roman chapter ring with Arabic five minute markers flanked by gilt brass Rococo style spandrels, with gilt matted centre, with subsidiary dials for pendulum regulation and strike / silent to the arch and a name plate signed ‘George Lindsay London’, the movement with six knopped pillars and verge escapement striking the hours on a large bell and the hours and quarters upon the pull repeat on a pin wheel playing a tune on a nest of six graduated bells, the elaborate backplate profusely engraved with foliate scrolls and signed ‘Geo. Lindsay Watchmaker to His Majesty London’, with pendulum with rise and fall regulation, with two case keys,
44.5cm high with handle up
The movement is winding, ticking and striking and the pull repeat is working but not fully tested or guaranteed.
C.H. Baillie, ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’, lists George Lindsay as watchmaker to George III, recorded as early as 1743 and died in 1776. Records show he was paid £150 per annum as George III’s official clockmaker.
Lindsay’s work features in many collections and museums including the Wetherfield and the Guildhall.
See Bonhams, London, 17 June 2003, lot 102 for a similar ebonised striking table clock by Lindsay with pull quarter repeat, sold for £14,300.