The curved side panels also feature the couple, she is dressed in fine clothes and he carries song birds in a wooden cage. Small panels have scenes of distant mountains framed by cherry blossom and a large urn to the top is also decorated with blossom. The case is decorated with stylised cherry branches forming the urn handles and the feet of the clock. Elephants masks are fitted to the sides. The dial is signed for the Brighton retailer Thomas Boxell and this is repeated on the movement backplate. Please note that this type of clock does not have a rear door or a glazed bezel.
The French movement is by Japy Frères and is of the makers usual high quality. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is a replacement. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is very good, there are some areas of wear, marks and tarnish. Porcelain is excellent with only minor wear and the occasional mark.
Thomas Boxell (1823-1885)
As a young man Thomas Boxell was apprenticed to a local watchmaker and by 1845, at the age of twenty-two, he was running his own business as a watchmaker and jeweller at 55/56 Albion Street, Brighton. In 1856, Thomas Boxell re-located his clock and watch making business to 40 King's Road, Brighton. Melville & Co.'s Directory of Sussex, issued for the year 1858, gives Thomas Boxell's full business address as The Brighton Observatory, 40 King's Road, Brighton. The 1859 Post Office Directory of Sussex records Thomas Boxell as a "watchmaker & jeweller" at 43 King's Road, Brighton and he is listed as a watch maker at this address in local trade directories and other documents over the next 25 years.
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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