GEORGE II EBONY-VENEERED BRACKET CLOCK, JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON, CIRCA 1750.Est. $3,000-$5,000
Sold: $6,300 ($5,250)
The cushion-molded top with brass handle above a square case on brass feet, the glazed door opening to a brass chapter ring with Arabic and Roman numerals, engraved in the center with a basket of flowers, foliate scrolls and trellis diaperwork, blued steel hands, within mask and scroll spandrels, the movement of five ring-turned pillars, twin chain fusees, verge and crown wheel escapement, false pendulum bob, strike/silent lever, striking the hours on a single bell and the quarters on 6 bells, the back plate engraved with a water fountain and foliate scrolls, and signed “Ellicott LONDON” within a scroll foliate cartouche. Height 15 ⅝ inches.John Ellicott (1706-72) succeeded his father of the same name, and in 1728 he established his own business in Sweeting’s Alley, close to the Royal Exchange. He was responsible for several fine regulators and invented a compensated pendulum. In 1738 he was honoured for his fine work and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, later to sit on the Council. He was further honoured as Clockmaker to King George III. Upon his death he was succeeded by his son, Edward.