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Clock

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    ormolu and enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by D. M. Currie

  • Museum number:

    M.159-1921

  • Gallery location:

    On display at Osterley Park House, London

Physical description

Case: Drum shaped on an oblong plinth with four feet, surmounted by a basket of fruit and flowers, the body encircled by a wreath of laurel with a bunch of fruit and flowers suspended from a ring on either side. The plinth is enriched with three panels of foliage in relief. The centre one flanked by rosettes.

Dial: Enamel dial 8.3cm diameter, slightly convex. The hours are marked with Roman numerals, and the minute divisions are marked every 5 minutes on the outside of the dial. There are also dots in place of divisions at every 5. The winding holes are located at IIII VIII, with an additional regulator hole at 60. Signed Chles Du Tertre A Paris on interior. The gilt hands are pierced.

Movement: The brass movement plates are 8.3cm diameter, the backplate signed 'Chles Dutertre A Paris'. The going train is set with a going barrel, with a tic-tac escapement, and an escape wheel of 34T, pallets spanning 3T. The pendulum is 12.7cm long, with a flat bob, circular with a part cut away at the bottom. Regulated by wound-up cord. The locking plate striking train, with the count-wheel and going barrel allow for a single stroke every half-hour.

Date

late 18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

ormolu and enamel

Dimensions

Height: 10.4 in, Width: 8.2 in

Object history note

David M. Currie Bequest

Descriptive line

Ormolu case

Materials

Ormolu

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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