MUSICAL BRACKET CLOCK WITH AUTOMATA Step.n Rimbault London ca. 1760 England

Bracket clocks


Signed: Step.n Rimbault London
ca. 1760

Brass plated movement with verge escapement and pendulum. Movement with hour striking on a bell. Before the hour striking the musical train plays with 13 bells and 25 hammers one of the six adjustable tunes. The trains are driven by a springbarrel with fusee. Repeator for the striking and musical train. The back plate is decorated with scrolling designs.

The arched brass plate has a silvered chapter ring with engraved, black Roman numerals for the hour-indication, Arabic numerals for the five minute-indication and minute-stripes. The hour and minute hands are made of blued steel. In the matted centre the three holes for winding up, the date-aperture and the signature Step.n Rimbault London. Two silvered chapter rings, ‘Slaan/Niet Slaan’ for switching on or off the striking train and the right for the six adjustable tunes of the musical train; Mars, Minuet, Minuet, Cottillion, Waarom and PerLaLa. In the arch a painting of a group musicians and its audience. The arms of the musicians and the windmill are moving.

The oak wood case with bell-top is veneered with ebonised pearwood. The bell-top is decorated with a brass pinnacle. The case is decorated with brass feet, caryatids and pinnacles.

Duration: 8 days.
Height: 73 cm.
Breadth: 38 cm.
Depth: 24 cm.

Literature: B. Loomes, Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, p. 656.
R. Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock, 1714-1830, p. 60, 96 and 158.

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