Rare Automata Longcase Clock by Mortimore of Dartmouth
An extremely desirable and small West Country mahogany longcase clock with rare Adam & Eve Automata and original makers label inside the trunk door.
The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with an arched white dial displaying a Roman chapter ring, seconds, blued steel matching hands and the makers name and place of work above number VI. The arch depicting an automata from the moment when Eve offers Adam the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Eves right arm moves up and down as the clock ticks. The arch is also painted with wild animals which include a lion, an elephant, sheep, stag, a bull and a horse. Also with strawberries, flowers and foliage to the four corners.
The beautifully coloured mahogany veneered case with boxwood and ebony inlay throughout and a long trunk door. The hood also with gilt wooden capitals, a boxwood and ebony banding to the arched top and inspections windows to both sides. The base with similar veneers and inlay and bracket shaped feet to the front of the clock.
Note: This clock is a rare example and survivor. Combining some rare features on a longcase clock which include the small size of the case, the automata to the arch of the dial and the rare makers label inside the trunk door. Robert Mortimore is listed as working at New Quay, Dartmouth at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.
Price: £10,500 / Height: 6'9" / C.1795