A Stunning Early 18th Century Chinoiserie Lacquered Longcase by John Hocker of Reading
The extremely impressive English Chinoiserie case is decorated with gilt figures, buildings, animals, birds and foliage on a red and black ground. The original case in the classic style for the period has inverted cheek mouldings and sits upon the solid double plinth. The high domed inverted bell top is complete with beautifully decorated doric columns and painted capitals, all flanked by decorative ball finials on short pedestals and with pierced wood foliate sound frets.
The 12” square brass dial has a wheatear border, crown and cherub head spandrels and silvered brass chapters. The main chapter ring is engraved with Roman numerals and Arabic five-minute divisions. The matted centre with ringed winding holes, chamfered aperture to the silvered calendar and finely cut blued steel hands.
The substantial 8-day movement has 5 pillars, an anchor escapement with seconds pendulum and an internal count wheel striking the hours on a single bell. Made by the accomplished senior Clockmaker Jon Hocker, registered as working 1678 to 1710.
Serviced and guaranteed for 3 years.
Height: 101″ or 256cm