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London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.

A good example of a George III period, London mahogany longcase clock.

Stock No:   14313

The eight day duration, five pillar movement with Anchor Recoil escapement and rack and star-wheel striking the hours on a fine bell. Also having the option of striking/silent facility and a long rod-with-post pendulum crutch driving a heavy pendulum with brass-cased lenticular bob and flat steel rod. The driving weights are high quality and brass cased.

Behind a well-executed, 12" wide, break-arch brass dial with silvered, wax-filled chapter ring, sunken subsidiary seconds dial, calendar ring, arch and moon-phase chapter. The chapter ring has Roman numerals, minute ring and outer, Arabic fives and the one-piece seconds dial has Arabic tens inset within the divided ring. The outer arch area is fully written and in large script with the maker's name: "Ja(me).s De Lasalle (of) London" within ornate scroll work. The moon disc outer chapter has a divided calendar ring and Arabic fives which include the "1/2". The centre of the disc bears painted man-in-the-moon lunar orbs set within a blue background with various sized gilt stars. The dial-plate has a finely matted centre with scalloped edging to the subsidiary area and a square, chamfered aperture for the calendar date. The polished corners carry gilt Rococo spandrels and the top edge has semi-circular 'moon hiders' with engraved sun and terrestrial sphere. The STRIKE/SILENT lever is situated at the III position of the chapter ring and the blued steel hands are of Serpentine style.

Contained in a fine, flame mahogany case of good proportions and veneer. The pagoda top has a removable pediment with brass ball-and-spire finial above an arched moulding over a conforming, recessed and fretted, red silk backed, sound fret. The pagoda is flanked by fluted and brass-reeded flat columns with moulded top and matched, slightly larger, high quality ball-and-spire finials. The double-moulded break-arch above the hood door is supported with fluted and brass reeded pillars with brass capitals and the sides have glazed inspection apertures. The Cavetto moulded trunk throat is above a full length and proud, break-arch door of good grain and edged with fine moulding. This is flanked by quarter fluted and brass reeded columns with brass capitals. The proud panelled base front is again, of good grain and edge moulded. The base terminates upon a shaped, double plinth.

* Not only is it unusual to have 'Phases-of-the-moon' features on Georgian, London made clocks but to also have a strike or non-strike facility is scarcer. Other good features of this example are the large signature in the dial arch, the removable third finial for lower ceiling height, quarter trunk pillars and original, high quality finials but to name a few. Whilst these clocks are almost all iconic, this one is above average both in quality and features. James De Lasalle is listed as working prior to circa 1780.

** The first four pictures show the difference with and without the central hood pediment which simply slots in. This is a superb looking clock.

Dimensions:                         102 1/2" high with pediment or 94 1/2" high without pediment x 21" wide.

Circa:                                    1770.

Condition:                             Excellent.

Price:                                    £12,500.00.

London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
  • London mahogany longcase clock with phases-of-the-moon. By James De Lasalle. Circa 1770.
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