William Hanson of Windsor, England
This is a very decorative and colorful example of a tall case clock that is decorated in lacquer work or Chinoiserie decoration. This is a process which traditional Chinese or Japanese scenes are used as a decorative theme throughout the design of the case. The decorations are painted onto the surface of the case. The raised elements are done so with the use of gesso. Gesso is a form of plaster of paris mixed with glue. The decoration found on this clock has been professionally restored. This example features the intricate forms of birds, florals, buildings, people, and geometric designs. All of which are applied to a red base coat or background.
This case is nicely proportioned. The base stands on an applied double step molding which rests flat on the floor. The waist section is long and narrow and features a tombstone shaped waist door. This door is fitted with an applied molding. The bonnet is a simple form having a domed top. The bonnet door is glazed and features applied bonnet columns.
The movement is constructed in brass. It is weight driven and designed to run an eight-day duration. It features a rack and snail striking system and is designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell. This bell is located on the top of the movement. This movement is of good quality.
The arched brass dial features applied spandrels and chapter rings. The hours are marked in Roman numerals. The five minute markers are done in an Arabic format. The center section of the dial is matted. The calendar date can be viewed in the square aperture above the the Roman numeral six. The seconds are also displayed in this interior field on an inset seconds dial that is silvered. The Makers name is engraved on the applied arch. It also lists his working location. A silent /strike mechanism can be found in the arch. The hands are nicely formed.
This clock was made circa 1800. It measures approximately 6 feet 10.75 inches tall.
About William Hanson of Windsor, England.
William Hanson is listed in Brain Loomes “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” He is listed as working in 1800.
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