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George III Mahogany and Inlaid Longcase Clock by Lott Barwise of Cockermouth

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A superb George III Mahogany and Inlaid Longcase Clock by Lott Barwise of Cockermouth with a swan neck pediment and gilt paterae above fan inlaid pedestals and the arched door enclosing the painted dial with 8-day, two train, hour striking movement, centre date hand and moon phase above flanked by baluster turned free standing columns above a dentil and satinwood inlaid frieze. The trunk has a long double arched crossbanded door flanked by fluted and stop fluted columns raised on crossbanded pedestals, the base panel with re-entrant corners also crossbanded and the whole raised on ogee shaped bracket feet.The inlays, crossbanding, chequer banding, complexity and quality of this rare example make it typical of the very finest of North Country Longcase Clocks. This model of case is often referred to as a “Whitehaven” case as the very best examples all seem to have been made in this town only The falseplate is signed by Wilson of Birmingham. James Wilson was in partnership with T. Osborne from around 1772 to 1777 and they are widely credited with being the first real manufacturers of painted or japanned dials for clocks in imitation of the much more expensive true enamelling on to copper. Wilson continued to sign with just his name after the partnership was dissolved. Wilson died in 1809 thus helping to date this example from between 1777 and 1791when Barwise died. Circa 1780 H: 90”, 228.5cms, W: 21.25”, 54cms, D: 10”, 25.5cms. Note: The hands on this example are a so far unrecorded model with the diamond and pierced shaft. Similar examples are illustrated in Brian Loomes “Painted Dial Clocks, 1770-1870”. P.73 Colour Plate 6, plate 49, plate 202 and “Grandfather Clocks and their cases” p. 224 Pl 275 and P. 282 Pl. 366 “Barwise Hands”
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