Scottish mahogany longcase clock (c. 1770 UK)

 Scottish mahogany longcase clock
Title Scottish mahogany longcase clock
Country of Origin UK
Dated c. 1770
Classification ANDREW SCOTT, (WATER OF LEITH), EDINBURGH (worked c.1764-1776)
Signed/Inscribed/Dated James Scott Edinburgh
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 86.00inch high (218.44 cm high)
Status SOLD

Old Scottish Clockmakers, page 336

Description / Expertise

D163. Andrew Scott, (Water of Leith ) Edinburgh, 1764-1776.

This is a very good example of the fine longcase clocks being produced in Edinburgh at this period. Their proportions are particularly pleasing, which is why they are so sought after and indeed often preferred to those being made in London at the same time.

A swan-neck pediment is employed with a central ball and spire finial flanked by very well executed brass paterae. Immediately below the swan-neck are shaped and recessed mahogany panels. The hood columns are fluted and have brass capitals. The long slim trunk door, which has quarter columns to either side, is veneered in well figured mahogany of a good rich colour. It is cross-banded with a thin line of boxwood stringing to its inner edge. The base is finished in a similar manner to the trunk and rests on bracket feet. A particularly attractive feature is that it still retains its original patination.

The four pillar eight day movement, with lead weights, has a 12" arched brass dial with a raised silvered chapter ring employing roman numerals for the hours and arabics for the minutes. There is a large seconds ring below 12 o'clock and delicate engraving around the winding holes and date aperture. The remainder of the dial centre has delicate engraving with flowers alongside the winding holes and a mythical birds head ( a phoenix ?) Above the date aperture.

Height 7' 2". ( 218cms.). £8,500.

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