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J. Walker, Edinburgh - An Mahogany Longcase Clock

A   mahogany   longcase   clock   of   lovely   rich   colour   with   an   eight-day   duration   movement   that   strikes   the   hours   on   a   bell,   the thirteen-inch   painted   arched   dial   has   black   Roman   numerals,   subsidiary   date   dial,   blued   steel   decorative   hands   and   is signed   with   the   maker’s   name   ‘J.   Walker,   Edinburgh’,   the   date   dial   is   stamped   by   the   well-known   dialmaker   'Wilson,   Birm.' with the rear of the dial stamped '256' and with the letter 'B' painted on to a typical Wilson white patch of paint. The   mahogany   case   is   of   typical   Edinburgh   style   with   excellent   proportions   and   good   colour.   The   base   has   crossbanding   & stringing   to   it   which   is   repeated   to   the   trunk   door   and   hood   and   there   are   fluted,   quartered   columns   to   the   trunk.   The   hood has   a   swan-necked   pediment   with   brass   patrae,   fluted   columns   with   brass   capitals   and   shaped   fret-work   within   the pediment itself. *There   appears   to   be   no   record   of   a   J   Walker   working   as   a   clockmaker   in   Edinburgh   in   the   late   1700's,   although   there   are   a number in the area. Height: 84 inches (214 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

James Wilson

The dial is typical of Wilson's work with the floral corner spandrels, the inner & outer lines to the numerals, the dotted minutes, the style of numerals and the decoration to the arch, being a classical urn with floriate decoration flowing from within. James Wilson was a pioneer of the painted 'enamel' dial having started his manufactory in Birmingham in circa 1772 in partnership with Thomas Osborne when he was aged about seventeen and Osborne about twenty. An advert from Aris's Birmingham Gazette in 1772 describes the partners making 'White Clock Dials in Imitation of Enamel, in a Manner entirely new', being the new style of painted dial that was to become so popular. On the dissolution of the partnership in September 1777 James Wilson set up on his own account at 11, Great Charles Street before enlarging into number 12. He is considered one of the best of the Birmingham dialmakers and certainly one of the most important. As in this example his dials are often signed on the date dials with the addition of a white 'splodge' on the rear of the dial painted with an initial, thought to be the actual painter of that particular dial, and also numbered. James Wilson died in 1809, aged 54, and his business effectively went with him after a relative of his wife, Nathaniel Porter, tried unsuccessfully to run it but going bankrupt in 1811. 

Price: £5,500.00

Ref: 1192

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J. Walker, Edinburgh - A Mahogany Longcase Clock

A   mahogany   longcase   clock   of   lovely   rich   colour   with   an   eight-day   duration   movement   that strikes   the   hours   on   a   bell,   the   thirteen-inch   painted   arched   dial   has   black   Roman   numerals, subsidiary   date   dial,   blued   steel   decorative   hands   and   is   signed   with   the   maker’s   name   ‘J. Walker,   Edinburgh’,   the   date   dial   is   stamped   by   the   well-known   dialmaker   'Wilson,   Birm.' with   the   rear   of   the   dial   stamped   '256'   and   with   the   letter   'B'   painted   on   to   a   typical   Wilson white patch of paint. The   mahogany   case   is   of   typical   Edinburgh   style   with   excellent   proportions   and   good   colour. The   base   has   crossbanding   &   stringing   to   it   which   is   repeated   to   the   trunk   door   and   hood and    there    are    fluted,    quartered    columns    to    the    trunk.    The    hood    has    a    swan-necked pediment   with   brass   patrae,   fluted   columns   with   brass   capitals   and   shaped   fret-work   within the pediment itself. *There   appears   to   be   no   record   of   a   J   Walker   working   as   a   clockmaker   in   Edinburgh   in   the late 1700's, although there are a number in the area. Height: 84 inches (214 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

James Wilson

The   dial   is   typical   of   Wilson's   work   with   the   floral   corner   spandrels,   the   inner   &   outer   lines   to the   numerals,   the   dotted   minutes,   the   style   of   numerals   and   the   decoration   to   the   arch, being    a    classical    urn    with    floriate    decoration    flowing    from    within.    James    Wilson    was    a pioneer   of   the   painted   'enamel'   dial   having   started   his   manufactory   in   Birmingham   in   circa 1772    in    partnership    with    Thomas    Osborne    when    he    was    aged    about    seventeen    and Osborne   about   twenty.   An   advert   from   Aris's   Birmingham   Gazette   in   1772   describes   the partners   making   'White   Clock   Dials   in   Imitation   of   Enamel,   in   a   Manner   entirely   new',   being the   new   style   of   painted   dial   that   was   to   become   so   popular.   On   the   dissolution   of   the partnership   in   September   1777   James   Wilson   set   up   on   his   own   account   at   11,   Great   Charles Street   before   enlarging   into   number   12.   He   is   considered   one   of   the   best   of   the   Birmingham dialmakers   and   certainly   one   of   the   most   important.   As   in   this   example   his   dials   are   often signed   on   the   date   dials   with   the   addition   of   a   white   'splodge'   on   the   rear   of   the   dial   painted with   an   initial,   thought   to   be   the   actual   painter   of   that   particular   dial,   and   also   numbered. James   Wilson   died   in   1809,   aged   54,   and   his   business   effectively   went   with   him   after   a relative   of   his   wife,   Nathaniel   Porter,   tried   unsuccessfully   to   run   it   but   going   bankrupt   in 1811.

Price: £5,500.00

Ref: 1192

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