MATTHEW DUTTON no. 292 London, c1800


A refined and elegantly proportioned mahogany longcase clock of excellent colour and good patination. Standing on moulded block feet, there is a double plinth to the base beneath a moulded long door to the trunk. The pull forward break arch hood with canted and grooved corners includes a moulded door, the trademark of the cabinet maker Rich. Above the door is a single mahogany mount supporting a brass ball finial.

The substantial eight-day duration movement has hour strike on a bell, with five knopped pillars separating the plates and has a double back cock from which the pendulum with a brass bob is suspended. There is a recoil anchor escapement and the back plate, most unusually for a longcase clock, is signed and numbered by the maker Matthew Dutton no. 292.

The break arch brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter disc with roman chapters and outer arabic minutes. There is a seconds ring beneath twelve o’clock with a subsidiary dial above, indicating the day of the month. The gilt corner spandrels are particularly finely cast in a rococo style with each one attached to the dial plate with two screws. The blued steel hands are finely pierced.

Clockmaker: MATTHEW DUTTON, London
Circa: 1800
Stock Number: 4126
Height: 88 inches (223 cm.)