Lot 443 (Country House and Asian Art Auction, 15th May 2019)

Eardley Norton: A George III mahogany and gilt brass mounted musical bracket clock

Eardley Norton: A George III mahogany and gilt brass mounted musical table clock, third quarter 18th century, the 7.75inch arched brass dial with matted centre and date aperture, silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals and outer Arabic minute ring within foliate and scroll cast openwork spandrels, the arch with Strike/Not Strike and Chime/Not Chime subsidiary dials and hand for tune selection with silvered arch marked ' MARCH, MINUET, SONG, COTILLION, MARCH, DANCE', inset silvered name plate marked in italic and Gothic script 'Eardley Norton, London' and numbered '2074', the six pillar triple fusee movement with verge escapement, hour strike on a single bell and 5.25 inch music cylinder, the backplate engraved in italic script 'Eardley Norton, London' and numbered 2074 in the top right hand corner and engraved throughout with foliate scrollwork, pierced foliate cast side grilles and upper top front corners with later green silk backing, the case with gilt brass stop-fluted canted front corners, side carrying handles, pagoda top with five cast urn finials, raised on a gilt brass plinth and ogee bracket feet, 63cm high, 30cm deep (including feet), 37cm wide (including feet), case 33cm wide


Eardley Norton, member of the Clockmakers' Company is recorded as working between 1762 and 1794 and his work is featured in the Royal Collection including an astronomical clock for George III in Buckingham Palace.

Provenance: Originally purchased by W Strang, 1st Baron Strang (1893-1978) whilst charge d'affaires at the British Embassy in Moscow 1930-1933.

Sold for £8,000

Condition report

Note damage and cracks to case, movement strikes on one bell only, movement not guaranteed, general wear and tear commensurate with age and daily use. Owned by a private Shropshire gentleman

Bells and strike mechanism detached -see extra images


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