Rare Rocking Ship Automata by Bullock of Bath
An excellent West Country longcase clock with rare Rocking Ship Automata.
The movement is of 8 day duration and strikes the hours on a bell. The 12" white dial is decorated with roses, foliage and gold leaf detail to the corners and Roman chapters to the centre of the dial. Also showing both seconds, date, matching blued steel hands and the makers name and place of work. The arch has the rare feature of a Rocking Ship Automata displaying a Castle Fort with a single soldier on guard. The Galleon is fully equipped with cannons and is shown in a rough sea with other tall ships in the distance.
The mahogany case is veneered with the finest flame mahogany to both the trunk door and base panel. The case is also inlaid throughout with thick ebony veneer and also boxwood detail above the trunk door. The hood cresting is typical of the Bath area from this period. The hood also features brass capitals to the ebonised reeded pillars, a glazed access door framed with typical fret cut surround and three brass finials to the crested top.
An excellent and desirable example.
Note: William Bullock was born in 1777 and was the son of Thomas Bullock, Clockmaker of Bath. He worked at various places in Bath including Cold Bath, Claverton and 19 Claverton Street. He died in 1846. His Widow, Grace Bullock, continued the business until 1850 whien it was taken over by William Vokes.
Price: £8,250 / Height: 7'6" / C.1820