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An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler (son of the famous clockmaker, Thomas Taylor) of London. Circa 1700.

A fantastic opportunity for a limited budget.

Stock No:   14364

The five finned pillar fusee timepiece movement with Verge escapement, originally with 'silent pull' repeating which is now missing. It does however have passing 'one at the hour' striking on a top-mounted bell. The calendar datework is complete and the backplate is profusely engraved with a wheat-ear border encompassing foliage designs around what appears to be King Henry VIII's crowned head with two outward pointing jackals or hunting hounds. The lower portion gives way to a name cartouche bearing the maker's signature of "Jasper Tayler, in Grayes Inn". The backcock has an elaborate cast apron.

The 'over square' 7 inch wide brass dial has gilded winged putti cast corner spandrels and a finely matted centre with a single ringed winding hole at the bottom. The upper portion of the centre has a chamfered square calendar aperture with wheat-ear engraving to the chamfer and fronded engraving around it. The blued steel hands are well cut and fettled and the silvered chapter ring has outer, Arabic fives, a divided minute track, Roman hour numerals with fleur-de-lis half hour markings and an inner, divided quarter track. The extended top portion bears the maker's signature to the centre that conforms to the backplate and it is flanked with fronded floral scrolling.

The ebony veneered oak case has a plain caddy top with moulded strip to the base and a cast brass, bow shaped, swinging carrying handle to the top. The return-moulded top has four, cast brass, well-executed, flambeau finials to the corners and the plain case trunk has a full, opening front door, a smaller cut rear door and glazed side apertures with blanked off smaller, top apertures. The top-moulded short plinth sits upon four short block feet. Both door keyholes bear identical cast brass ornate escutcheons.

* Jasper Tayler (also Taylor) was the son of the celebrated Clockmaker, Thomas Taylor. He was born circa 1671 and apprenticed by patronage to his father in 1685 for 7 years. He became Free of the Clockmaker's Company in 1695. Clocks with an 'over square' dial we an attempt to give a new look to clocks during the developing period and were made roughly over a 15 year span. The innovation of a low arch however was preferred because it really altered the appearance and soon became a high arch. The over square period was approximately 1695 until 1710.

At the price below, this clock should sell very quickly.

Dimensions:                             14 1/2" high excluding handle x 10 7/8" wide x 7 1/8" deep.

Circa:                                        1695.

Condition report:                       The case appears to be veneered in ebony and is original including the
                                                  brasswork. The top side appertures have been blanked and the feet will be
                                                  replacements. The locks are still present. The dial and hands are original as
                                                  is the calendar datework. The dial and movement are in restored condition
                                                  and the movement is working perfectly however, it originally had 'silent pull'
                                                  repeating work which has been removed, also, it has had a re-conversion to
                                                  Verge escapement and the apron is an ornamental casting. The remaining
                                                  parts of the movement are original. All of the above is reflected in the price
                                                  which allows the purchase of a fine and early English table clock in
                                                  excellent condition at a greatly reduced amount.

Price:                                         £5,750. This is roughly only a quarter of the price that it would be if the
                                                  movement still had its quarter repeating work and original apron.

An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
  • An early English, ebony table clock by Jasper Tayler
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