Jonas Everett of Bardwell (Suffolk) UK. A Chinoiserie decorated tall case clock.
Jonas Everett listed in Brian Loomes "Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World." He is listed as working in 1717 and died in 1748. He is also listed as a locksmith. The town of Bardwell is approximately 90 miles to the Northeast of London.
This is a very decorative and colorful example of a tall case clock that is decorated in lacquer work or Chinoiserie decoration. This is a process which traditional Chinese or Japanese scenes are used as a decorative theme throughout the design of the case. These themes are often enhanced with the use of raised elements. This is done with gesso. Gesso is a form of plaster of paris mixed with glue. It is applied to the surface of the furniture in order to provide a three dimensional aspect to the artwork. It is then decorated in paint. The decoration found on this clock has been professionally restored. This example features the intricate forms of numerous floral patterns, trees, buildings and other man made structures, geometric patterns and multicolored people. All of which are applied to a black or dark green base coat or background.
This very interesting example stands approximately 87 inches or 7 feet 3 inches tall to the top of the bonnet. The case stands on four cutout bracket feet that that retain excellent height. They transition between the feet forms a scrolled apron. The waist molding are compressed by 1800 standards. The waist is long and narrow. It is fitted with a rectangular shaped waist door. The door is trimmed with an applied half round molding. A lenticle or glass window is located at a level in order to exhibit the brass faced pendulum bob. The door opens to access the interior of the case. The bonnet features a caddy top or a sarcophagus form. The design steps back to the wall in a shapely form. The bonnet door front the hood. It is simply formed and fitted with glass. It opens to access the clocks dial.
The composite dial is brass features four applied cast brass spandrels in the form of twin cherubs holding a crown and an applied chapter or time ring. The center of the dial is slightly matted. The Maker's signature and working location are engraved in the lower section of the time ring. The time ring is also engraved with Roman style hour numerals, interior minute divisions and decorative Flier d lis which are positioned between the hours. A single steel hand displays the time. This dial measures approximately 10 inches square.
The movement is categorized as a posted frame format. It is constructed in brass and steel. The gearing and frame are brass. The arbors and cast bell are iron. This movement is designed to run 30 hours on a full wind. One winds this example by pulling on a continuos chain located inside the case. This movement is also designed to strike the hour on the bell. This striking system is a count wheel design. The count wheel used in this example is mounted at the back of the movement.
This clock stands approximately 87 inches tall. It was made circa 1730.
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