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A fine quality flame mahogany 8 day longcase clock by William Lassel of Liverpool c.1790

  • Maker: William Lassel, Toxteth Park Liverpool
  • Date: 1790
  • Height: 7ft 8" without central finial / 8ft 2" with finial 
  • Width: 19”
  • Depth: 9.5”
  • Price: £7,500

 

Case

The high quality case of typical late 18th century Lancashire style, constructed of an oak carcass with the finest flame mahogany veneers and boxwood fan inlays. The boxed swan-neck pediment hood with carved cusp to the centre surmounted with three original brass finials, gilt decorated verre eglomise panels beneath. The hood door flanked by double turned and crisply reeded columns, with matching half columns to the rear. The beautifully figured mahogany trunk door flanked by reeded quarter columns to the trunk sides. The panelled base with canted corner and complex stepped mould, all set on four ogee bracket feet.

Dial

The beautifully executed arched japanned dial of “Ashwin and Co” manufacture, with Roman numeral chapter ring and outer Arabic numeral markings, with subsidiary seconds dial and sweep centre date zone. Revolving phases of the moon to arch with opposing scenes depicting rural landscape and seascape. Early japanned decorated dial with finely painted raised gilt gesso corner spandrels. The dial centre painted with flowers and signed W Lassell Toxteth Park.

Movement

A fully restored fine quality eight day, four pillar movement, rack striking the hours on a single bell, with geared moon drive.

Hands

Finely fretted blued steel hands of serpentine design and brass centre calendar hand.

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