Brighton Pavilion Skeleton Clock (c. 1860 England)

Brighton Pavilion Skeleton Clock
Title Brighton Pavilion Skeleton Clock
Country of Origin England
Dated c. 1860
Dimensions 61.00cm high (24.02 inches high)
Status SOLD

Ref:- Derek Roberts. British Skeleton Clocks. Pages 72-74.

Description / Expertise

D269. One of a small number of skeleton clocks based on The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, which may be safely attributed to Smiths of Clerkenwell (London), circa 1860.

This is probably the most attractive skeleton clock produced by Smiths, sadly in only small numbers, the copying of the great onion shaped dome of the Pavilion giving it a delicacy and elegance not possessed by some of their larger skeleton clocks based on the cathedrals.

The chapter ring of the two train movement is beautifully and very delicately fretted out and is flanked on either side by two lions. To the top of the clock is an eagle. Virtually all the components of the movement are most attractively shaped and beautifully finished.

The base and dome, as is so often the case, are replacements.

Height 24" (61cm)

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

This was originally reconstructed from an existing house by Henry Holland in the late 18th century and was subsequently rebuilt by John Nash in 1811; transforming it into something of a fantasy palace, adding domes, pinnacles and minarets. Between the Great Wars and immediately after it fell into neglect but has now been fully restored to its former glory and is
fascinating to walk around.

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