A exceptional rare Table clock by George Etherington. circa 1700.
Case: Ebony veneered case with cushion moulded top with gilt-brass, foliated mounts flanked by four ball finials and surmounted by a gilt brass knopped handle. The front door has a small foliage scroll gilt-brass sound fret to the top rail and conforming gilt-brass mounts to the side rails, the sides with similar frets above the glazed rectangular apertures and the base moulding sitting on four turned gilt-brass bun feet.
Dial: The 7 by 8 Inch rectangular gilt-brass dial with four subsidiary dials at each corner for strike/silent, pendulum rise and fall, days of the week and pendulum lock. Four foliage scroll spandrel and matted centre with an engraved date aperture above VI, false pendulum aperture, finely engraved with a sun face, central alarm disc, the chapter ring engraved with the Roman hours and half hour markers, the Arabic numerals outside the division ring. Signed George Etherington London.
Movement: Fine twin chain fusee movement with six baluster pillars, going train with verge escapement and short bob pendulum with rise-and-fall regulation operated through the dial. Strike train governed by a rack-and-snail and sounding the hours on the larger bell. Pull quarter repeat on three bells and alarm wound through the front plate. The backplate superbly engraved, with symmetrical foliage and scrolls, cherubs and military trophies. Signed to the centre Geo. Etherington London within a strapwork cartouche.
Duration: 8 DayPeriod:
William III 1694 to 1702Maker:
George Etherington (London)Style:
38.1 cms High ( 15 inches)
26.0 cms Wide ( 10.25 inches)
17.8 cms Deep ( 7 inches)
George Etherington was a very fine and highly regarded clockmaker and watchmaker. The date of his birth is unknown but his admission to the Clockmakers' Company took place on the 1st December 1684.
He became the Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1709. His clocks are listed in both the Science Museum South Kensington and the Guild Hall Museum. Ref. Baillies Watchmakers and Clockmakers.