George II ebony bracket clock by John Ellicott, London

Stock Code: 2164 - SOLD

Description: A superb George II ebony veneered and ebonised bracket clock by John Ellicott, London

The ring turned, finned five pillar, twin fusee, bell striking movement with verge escapement and pull quarter repeat on six bells. The back plate profusely engraved with symmetrical foliate scrolls, the 6.75 inch brass break-arch dial with twin winding holes, false pendulum bob and chamfered date aperture at the six o'clock position. In the arch a strike/silent selector bordered by floral spandrels. The silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with Arabic five minutes to outer track, makers cartouche engraved around the six o'clock position - "John Ellicott, London" - the angles applied with floral scroll cast spandrels.

The case ebony veneered and ebonised with inverted bell top and brass carry handle. The glass with solid brass moulded border to the front and sides and ebony sounding frets to the front and back doors and stands on ebony pad feet.

Further Information: John Ellicott (London, 1706-1772), was an eminent English clock and watchmaker of the 18th century. His father, a Cornishman, John Ellicott (-1733), was also a clockmaker and had been admitted to the Clockmakers' Company in 1696. John Ellicott (jnr) conducted business first from Austin Friars Street EC2 and later from Swithin's Alley, Royal Exchange, and in 1738 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He showed a keen interest in scientific matters and maintained an observatory at his home in Hackney. He was best known for his work on temperature compensated pendulums and his use of the cylinder escapement. His quality workmanship led to an appointment as Clockmaker to George III.

His son Edward (-1791), joined the business in 1760. Subsequently, over their twelve-year partnership, clocks were then signed just "Ellicott, London"

Condition: Excellent. The movement has been fully overhauled. Minor restorations to the case.

Country of Origin: England

Origin/Age: English, George II, circa 1750

Provenance: Private collection London.

Maker: John Ellicott, London

Signed: John Ellicott, London

Dimensions: Height 15.50 inches (39.37cm) Width 9.25 inches (23.50cm) Depth 6.25 inches (15.88cm)

Price: £23,900