A BLACK AND GILT LACQUERED LONGCASE CLOCK
With eight-day bell striking movement, the 13inch arched brass dial with silvered Roman numeral chapter ring and subsidiary date dial, inscribed Daniel Kedden, Little Britain, London, the arch with automaton panel inscribed 'Sic transit Gloria Mundi', the case with arch and moulded cornice surmounted by three flaming torch finials, the blind fret carved frieze with arched glazed door above an arched rectangular trunk door on panelled base with moulded plinth
255cm high overall
Formerly the Messel family collection in the Long Drawing Room at Nymans
Removed to the Drawing Room at Holmstead Manor in 1947 after the disastrous fire and thence by descent to Oliver Messel
Supplied by Oliver Messel to Frederick and Phyllis Watkins for Flaxley Abbey
Movement is complete but in dirty neglected condition hence requires a clean/overhaul before putting to use. Although the movement is contemporary with the dial and case there is evidence in the dial plate indicating that the dial was originally drilled/laid-out for a different movement hence it is most likely that the present movement is a replacement fitted early in the clocks life. The dial has visible dial feet/filled holes as well as some slight casting cracks to the matted centre and there is an additional calendar aperture behind the signature plaque. The arch spandrels have spare holes behind suggesting that they may be replacements. The dial finish is dull/tarnished otherwise dial is in sound condition.
The case is probably original to the dial but not to the movement. The hood is lacking its domed caddy superstructure and the left hand section of fret to the arched frieze. The base would have had a double moulded skirt which is now no longer present. The left hand throat moulding is currently detached; the trunk door is lacking its upper clamp (applied to the inside of the panel behind the arch) - does not affect the appearance/integrity of the door. Otherwise case is in sound original unrestored condition but with overall wear, flaking, bumps, scuffs shrinkage and wear commensurate with age and use.
Clock has two lead weights, case key, pendulum but no winder.
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