18th Century Chinoiserie decorated Longcase Clock by Estwick of London
An impressive 18th century Chinoiserie/Lacquered longcase clock with rare Moonphase feature to the arch.
The 8 day duration five pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with the fifth pillar latched. The full brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, engraved matted centre, blued steel hands, date aperture, the makers name engraved on an unusual basket shaped cartouche and enclosed by four brass spandrels. The arch featuring a rare early moonphase with further engraving including a finely engraved Phoenix to each Hemisphere. The actual disc with engraved silvered brass Moons and stars. The hugely impressive Chinoiserie decorated case with a green/brown ground and featuring a total of seven horses throughout the main trunk and base. Also featuring birds, lions, trees, buildings, flowers and a horse drawn carriage to the base and standing on a solid double plinth. The hood with separate brass capped pillars and quarter pillars to the rear with gilt capitals. The double domed pediment with a full caddy top with finely executed fretwork and three gilt wooden finials.
Note: Moonphase longcase clocks were not very commonly made in London. This is a particularly fine example with excellent lacquer work throughout the case and an exquisite dial to match. Thomas Estwick is known to have been working in the 1740's and a Thirteen Bell Musical Clock has been recorded by him.
Price: £19,500 / Height: 8'9" / C.1735