RICHARD GOTOBED, London c1785

A fine and unusually small George III bracket clock in a mahogany bell top case raised on brass ogee bracket feet and having four corner pineapple finials flanking the bell top and a similar centre finial on a stand flanked by ‘whales tales’.

The unusual ogee shallow arch dial is mounted with mask head spandrels, silvered chapter ring and two subsidiary dials within the arch flanking a plaque signed by the maker, Richard Gotbed, London.  The subsidiary dial to the left gives a strike silent option and that to the right a rise and fall regulation for timekeeping.

The twin fusée eight day duration movement retains the original pivoted verge escapement and the back plate is delicately engraved in a rococo style with scrolling foliage.   The hours sounding on a bell.

Richard Gotobed is recorded as working in London during the last quarter of the eighteenth century.  Clocks signed by him are very rare but the British Museum include a regulator by Gotobed in their collection. 

Height of case: 13 in (33 cm)
Height to the finial: 15 in (38 cm)

Clockmaker: RICHARD GOTOBED, London
Circa: 1785
Stock Number: 3984
Height: 15 inches (38 cm.)