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George Etherington

GEORGE ETHERINGTON,  London c1690

An exceptional, small William and Mary early table clock. The clock represents the very highest standards of London quality with workmanship reminiscent of Quare and with engraving considered to have been executed by Tompion’s engraver. The substantial movement is characterised by a beautiful backplate which completely fills the case and is typical of Etherington quality.

The small well proportioned case is ebony veneered with an oak carcass and has a shallow caddy top with brass mountings, four ball finials and brass repousse mounts to door.

The 6.5 inch brass dial is mounted with silvered chapter ring signed Geo Etherington London and bordered by finely cast cherub spandrels. The centre is finely matted with engraved false pendulum aperture, ringed winding holes and an engraved date aperture. The clock has beautifully made and facetted original hands and strike/not strike lever at the  3 o’clock position.

The twin fuse movement with verge escapement strikes the hours on single bell and has pull quarter repeat to chime the quarters on three further bells. The substantial backplate has exceptional profuse scroll and foliage engraving and has the maker’s signature Geo Etherington London.

George Etherington was a very fine and highly regarded maker. He became master of the Clockmakers Company in 1709 having become free in 1684. His clocks are listed in both the Science Museum South Kensington and theGuildhallMuseum. (Baillies Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World)

Height 12.5 inches/ 32cm

Price SOLD

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