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Bracket Clock

ca. 1780 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Bracket clock of ebony, with face of Staffordshire enamel painted in black and crimson, bearing the name of the maker, "James Tregant, Leicester Square, LONDON". Rectangular, with "bell" top, on which is a brass handle. At the front and back are glazed doors, the openings of which are in the form of a square with semicircular projection at the top, the spandrels being filled in with rococo scrollwork in chased and pierced brass. The face is of the same form as the doors. The numerals on the dial, and the inscription, which occupies a sunk circular medallion at the top, are painted in black. The inter-spaces are filled in with rococo scrollwork and a bird in crimson. The movement is screened at the back by a brass plate engraved with symmetrical leafy strapwork.


Object details
Object type
Brief description
Bracket clock of ebony, with face of West Midlands enamel painted in black and crimson, made by James Tregent, London, England, about 1780
Physical description
Bracket clock of ebony, with face of Staffordshire enamel painted in black and crimson, bearing the name of the maker, "James Tregant, Leicester Square, LONDON". Rectangular, with "bell" top, on which is a brass handle. At the front and back are glazed doors, the openings of which are in the form of a square with semicircular projection at the top, the spandrels being filled in with rococo scrollwork in chased and pierced brass. The face is of the same form as the doors. The numerals on the dial, and the inscription, which occupies a sunk circular medallion at the top, are painted in black. The inter-spaces are filled in with rococo scrollwork and a bird in crimson. The movement is screened at the back by a brass plate engraved with symmetrical leafy strapwork.
Dimensions
  • Height: 46cm (approx.) (Note: measured)
  • Width: 28cm (approx.) (Note: measured)
  • Depth: 19cm (approx.) (Note: measured)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
According to Lady Charlotte Schreiber's annotations to the Schreiber catalogue, she purchased the clock from 'Waters, London' for £12 (date not stated).
Bibliographic references
  • F.J. Britten and G.H. Baillie, Old clocks and watches and their makers; a historical and descriptive account of the different styles of clocks and watches of the past in England and abroad containing a list of nearly fourteen thousand makers.
  • Magazine of Fine Arts, 1905, vol. I
  • Aubrey J. Toppin, Battersea: Ceramic and Kindred Associations, English Ceramic Circle Transactions vol.2 no.9, 1946
  • The Gentleman's Magazine, 1806
Other number
Schr. III 408 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession number
414:1508-1885

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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