Chinoiserie decorated longcase clock by Shuckforth of Diss
An unusually small green Lacquered longcase clock with well preserved Chinoiserie decoration.
The 8 day duration movement strikes the hours on a bell and features a recoil anchor escapement. The 12" arched brass dial has a separate silvered brass chapter ring, matted centre showing both seconds, date and blued steel hands. To the arch the makers name of Benjamin Shuckforth, Diss is displayed on a silvered brass disc. Also featuring typical brass spandrels to the corner and arch.
The green lacquered case of small Norfolk proportions has typical gold Chinoiserie decoration to the trunk door and base depicting houses, flowers and figures. The base with a double plinth and further Chinoiserie decoration. The hood featuring attached angle pillars with gilt wooden capitals, glazed access door and inspection windows to the side and a plain flat top.
Note: Benjamin Shuckforth appears to have been a prolific maker of Longcase clocks until he passed away in 1760. He was located in the Market Place in Diss, Norfolk. Most Lacquered longcase clocks are quite large in their design. It is thought they were all made in London. But the cabinet work of this particular clock is interesting as it appears to be following the style of the Norfolk Clockmakers which had shorter trunks and bases.
Price: £11,000 / Height: 6'10½" / C.1750