Lot 1070 (Fine Art, 2nd December 2014)
Sold for £12,000
Eardley Norton: a George III mahogany and brass mounted striking and musical bracket clock, the dial with foliate, scroll and flowerhead spandrels to the silvered roman and arabic chapter ring, the matted centre with date aperture, ornate pierced hands, the arch with silvered subsidiary dials for strike/not strike and chime/not chime and music section for tunes (March, Minuet, Song, Cotillion, March, Dance) centred by a recessed nameplate signed Eardley Norton London 2074, six pillar movement with triple fusee movement and verge escapement, hour strike on bell and music on thirteen bells with fifteen hammers, 5 1/4in. cylinder, two full repeat levers, the backplate engraved with leaves and scrolls around a cartouche signed Eardley Norton London, also numbered 2074 in top right corner, engraved securing brackets, the case with leaf and urn finial on fluted supports (damaged), caddy top flanked by four vase pattern finials, pierced brass foliate fretwork sides with material backing, brass handles, arched glazed front door with fretwork detail, fluted canted corners with brass detail, brass lined plinth base on brass bracket feet, 21in. high (not including detached finial and support). Eardley Norton is listed as working at Clerkenwell between 1762 and 1794. He was a member of the Clockmakers Company and had a reputation for making complex timepieces, sometimes with musical and astronomical movements for the export market. PROVENANCE Purchased by the vendor's grandfather William Strang, 1st Baron Strang (1893-1978) whilst Charge d'affaires at the British Embassy in Moscow 1930-1933. Thence by descent.