Antique Cumbrian Grandfather Clock by Taylor of Whitehaven
An excellent example of Cumbrian Clockmaking with exceptional workmanship to the rare Virginian Walnut case.
The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell. The 13" arched brass dial with silvered brass chapter ring enclosed by cast brass spandrels. The silvered brass centre profusely engraved with scrolls and swags. The centre also featuring a concentric date and blued steel hands. The arch with a painted and silvered brass moonphase with well painted country scenes. The typical Cumbrian case with excellent Virginian Walnut flame veneer to the both the long trunk door and the raised shaped panel to the base. The trunk also with reeded quarter pillars, wooden capitals and blind fretwork below the hood moulding. The base with ogee feet and canted corners. The hood with reeded pillars to both front and back with wooden capitals, swan neck top incorporating blind fretwork and dentil moulding, gilded flower paterae and a walnut finial to the centre.
Note: William Taylor is thought to have been born in 1738. He worked in King Street and was a prolific maker of longcase clocks throughout the latter part of the 18th century. He died in 1801.
Historical Note: In 1778 perhaps when this clock was made an American war ship attacked the port of Whitehaven. This attack destroyed three ships.
Price: £16,750 / Height: 7'9½" / C.1775