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Lacquered, Japanned, chinoisserie English longcase clock for sale. By John Page of Ipswich circa 1760.

A superior gilt and green chinoisserie longcase clock by a good maker.

Stock No:   14096

The eight day duration, high quality, five pillar movement with Anchor Recoil escapement and rack striking the hours on a good bell. Also having original brass cased London style weights, pendulum and crank key.

Behind an 11 3/4" break-arch, copper gilded brass dial with 'white' silvered chapter ring, recessed subsidiary seconds dial with scalloped edge, shaped maker's plaque signed: "John Page (of) IPSWICH", strike/silent chapter ring and also calendar ring. The main chapter having Roman numerals, minute ring and large outer Arabic fives. The chapter centre area being extremely finely matted with the maker's plaque below centre and the lower portion having a chamfered square calendar aperture. The arch bearing the strike/silent chapter also with a finely matted centre and the corners and arch having open floral Rococo style gilded spandrels. Also having pierced and blued steel hands.

Contained in a profusely decorated, fabulous and original, green and gilt lacquered oak case, having a pagoda top with front gilt sound fret, side inspection glasses and two turned giltwood ball finials also, hood-door three-quarter and rear quarter pillars with gilt capitals and a cavetto throat moulding above the full length, well moulded, break-arch trunk door. The base also having a large cavetto moulding and London style, double plinth. The sides being decorated with gilt floral designs which follow on the front edging bars, pillars and mouldings and the door and base having more elaborate and intricate decoration of superior quality depicting typical Chinese themes.

* This sensational clock glows in the correct light with a luminescence and is truly a thing of beauty, it is vivid, well executed and the decoration is better than average as would be expected of this maker. It is unlikely that you will find a better example. The value is greatly affected by the intricacy of the case decoration and quality of the movement and dial. Also the maker and condition. John Page of Ipswich is listed as working from 1740 and died in 1773 and I am always pleased to obtain clocks by him; they are always of superior quality in particular, the movements and dials.

** In the 17th century, The East India Company traded in lacquered objects from the Far East, these items quickly caught on as the latest fashion and became all the rage. The demand was such that English craftsmen began making items and imitating the decoration by building up with gesso and then mixing shellac and pigments and also gold and silver leaf to achieve the desired effect. The design was popular throughout the 18th century and lacquered longcase clocks were amongst the most expensive because they had to be finished by artists. This clock would have probably stood in 'pride of place' in a large London town house during the latter half of the 18th century and been extremely expensive. Unlike the usual plain background, this clock has cleverly simulated red Tortoiseshell and is finished well with clear shellac. The pictures do not do it justice!

*** Please note, though we have restored the dial we do not 'spin' chapter rings before silvering. We traditionally silver without leaving scratches, this produces a 'white' colour (as original). Our team has also spent no less than a month cleaning, repairing and restoring the case meticulously ensuring that the decoration and colour is exactly as original.

Dimensions:                               92" high excluding finial spires x 21" wide x 10" deep.

Condition:                                  Excellent throughout.

Circa:                                        1760.

Price:                                         £11,750.00.

Investment forecast:                  6  (please refer to our 'Buying for Investment' page for explanation).

LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
  • LACQUERED, JAPANNED, CHINOISSERIE ENGLISH LONGCASE CLOCK FOR SALE. BY JOHN PAGE OF IPSWICH CIRCA 176
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