A fine mid-nineteenth century eight-day longcase clock by W.J. Frodsham of Change Alley, London within a mahogany and marquetry case.
The eight day, triple train, four pillar movement with anchor escapement, chimes the quarters on either eight or four bells, "Westminster chimes" and strikes the hours on a single gong. The 12 inch arched top brass dial with strike / silent lever and four bell chime / eight bell chime lever, has a silvered chapter ring with gilt brass putti and crown spandrels, beneath an oval cartouche engraved with the maker, W.J.Frodsham, Change Alley, London.
The fine marquetry - almost Rococo in design - depicts two lovers walking within a pastoral scene, and is framed by foliate scrolls and floral sprays.
English, circa 1840.
The first recorded clockmaker by the name Frodsham was a William Frodsham, born in 1728 and is believed to have worked as a Journeyman for Justin Vulliamy, who was clockmaker to George III.
In the early 19th century, the family were established as clockmakers, and entered a partnership with the well-regarded chronometer makers, the Parkinson’s and the business became Parkinson & Frodsham of 4 Change Alley. After the death of William Parkinson, the firm became W J Frodsham’s in 1842, until he handed the business over to his sons in 1847 the year that those sons were admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company. In subsequent years, the Frodshams exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 and 1889, developing and international reputation for quality.
Condition notes: A very slight warp to the bottom of the trunk door.
Listed Price: £7,500 (+VAT where applicable)