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Small ebonised mantel clock by J. Dent of London


Sold: 18th June 2014

A very small and rare ebonised mantel clock by this famous Clockmaker.

The 8 day duration single fusee movement of high quality craftsmanship, four plate pillars and anchor escapement. Also with a finely made pendulum and transportation fixing point. The arched silvered brass dial with Roman chapters, blued steel hands and makers name J. Dent, London surrounded with beautifully engraved flowers and foliage.

The small ebonised case displays an Egyptian influence and is of architectural form with four acroteria’s to each corner. The front elevation has brass canted corners and further brass inlay depicting foliage and flowers. Also with solid brass adjustable acorn shaped feet. Both the sides and rear door are glazed with further brass mouldings

Note: Small mantel clocks by Edward John Dent from this period are very rare. It appears that he signed many of his watches at this period with just ‘J. Dent’, as it is shown on this clock. At this stage in his career he was making very fine Chronometers and in 1814 at just 24 years old he constructed a Standard Astronomical clock for the Admiralty. Also at this period he was working with makers such as Vulliamy and Barraud and in 1830 he formed a partnership with the famous John Roger Arnold. In 1831 a Dent Chronometer was taken aboard H.M.S Beagle to accompany Charles Darwin.

Price: £8,250 / Height: 8¼" / C.1820