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George II Period (1730-1760)
An interesting tower clock lacquered with gilded and polychromed chinoserie on a green lacquered bottom. The case leans on a large plinth and is centred by a door crowned on the top and framed by a rich moulding; insaide is painted a landscape scene with pagodas inside a garden where the we can see human figures in domestic scenes brightened by the flight of bautiful winged animals; a rich triage eriche the lateral reserves.
The tunk containing the mechanism has a crowned central door with a cap on the glass that goes up as a pagoda again decorated with landscapes and flowers, on the sides thick vegetables decorations as well.
The motion realized by Thomas Phippard that lasts eight days and hits the hours on a buzzer has a central brass quadrant with a silver brass ring with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the minutes; in addition an elaborated brass center carved with leaves contains the “mostra” with the seconds hand; the light blue steel hands are beatifully made.
The name of the artist and the place are carved on a silver plate placed over the compartment where are the lunar dates. The brass vise, enriched by chiselled bronzes gilded on the corners, it opens up on the upper part living space to a night cobalt sky on which a painted vassel flows.
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Historical stylistic analysis
This type of oriental taste Longcase is typical of the second quart of the 18th century. The abundance of decoration and the attention to the architectural construction of the tunk make us speculate that it was commissioned by a wealth costumer. The clock maker Thomas Phippard is documented between 1722 and 1768. It is preserved sort of advertising header by him, extracted from the Salisbury Journal of November 21st 1748.
– Percy Macquuoid et Ralph Edwards, The dictionary of English Forniture, vol 2, ed. Country Life 1924
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