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Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt ebonised case. Circa 1745.

A decorative and extremely original table clock by a very good maker.

Stock No:   14351

The eight day duration, double gut fusee, six pillar movement with Verge escapement, rack striking the hours on a top-mounted bell and also rack repeating the quarters in full*, on a nest of a further six bells with two differing peels.

The substantial back-plate is profusely engraved with a floral design the centre of which depicts a mythological bird (probably Ho-Ho). The shield-shaped apron, repeating cord wheel cover and fixing brackets are also fully engraved. The steel screws appear to have the remains of original blueing which is very rare and was favoured by the top makers. The pear drop 'attached' pendulum can be located for transit in a hook that is mounted on it's own screwed plate. The movement also has the facility for repeating the time at will, on bells to the nearest 15 minutes and also a strike/silent.

Having a 7" wide, brass break-arch dial that has 'Punch' arch spandrels and stylised man's head corner spandrels all of which retain their original gilding. The arch has a silvered subsidiary "Sonne/Silance" (Strike/Silent) chapter ring with a matted centre. The main silvered chapter ring has edge rings that encompass outer Arabic 5's, minute track and Roman hour numerals. The finely matted dial centre has a lower, chamfered square calendar date aperture and the upper portion has an upturned false bob aperture below a recessed and silvered shaped maker's name plate bearing "Nich:(ola)s Lambert, LONDON". The silvered false bob has an engraved rose design and swings fully against a polished brass backing plate. The blued steel hands are original and well-executed.

Contained in what is considered to be a rare, ebonised case with Parcel-Gilt** decoration. The inverted bell top has a brass swinging carrying handle and is coach-lined to all four sides which in turn surrounds a gilt and red coloured monogram style floral design. The returned top moulding has four brass corner finials and is edged in gilt as is the case lower moulding. Both opening and locking doors have gilt wooden quadrant frets and have lining and gilt edge mouldings. The sides have break-arch glazed apertures that are also lined and the case stands on four brass shaped ogee feet.

These repeating clocks with a strike/silent feature were usually taken to the bedchamber at night and placed in silent mode using the selector hand in the arch. The clock would not then strike the hours and
awaken the owner but he could simply pull the repeat cord in the darkness and the clock would strike the last hour. It is for this reason that they were originally fitted with the more robust 'Verge' escapement and even though there is a sprung 'holdfast' in which to place the pendulum during transit, it was rarely used as time would be lost so, the clock was grabbed by the handle and carried up to bed - still ticking! Once seen, these clocks really fire the imagination as to their history and usage, they were extremely expensive when made and could only be afforded by the wealthy. This is well-priced for a good example of an original clock that is becoming ever rarer.

This example is extremely original, the case and dial have been meticulously restored and the case has merely had missing ornamentation 'put back' by our artist who has matched the colour and texture perfectly in other words, she has carried out conservation. The maker is highly regarded and no other surviving parcel gilt bracket clock by him can be found. It has also often been the case that if the parcel gilt on an item became unattractive, it was simply removed. Nicholas Lambert was a Huguenot clockmaker working in London in the first half of the 18th century. Clocks by him are usually fine but rare, and this is probably an elaborate example of his work. His signature sometimes appears upon movements retailed by other good Huguenot makers, including Simon de charmes and De Baufre.

* Full quarter repeating sounds all four quarters rather than three. Usually the first quarter does not have a peel as it is merely indicated by the hour bell.

** 'Parcel gilt' is described as having a gold or gilt finish to the inner surfaces and could also be described as 'partial gilt'.

Dimensions:            20 1/2" high including handle x 12" wide x 8 1/2" deep.

Circa:                       1745.

Condition:                Very good and original. Working but awaiting overhaul.

Price restored:         £15,250.00 however, our 50% offer applies to this item.

Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
  • Verge escapement bracket clock by Nicholas Lambert, London. Quarter repeating and in a parcel gilt e
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