Superb Chippendale George III London tallcase clock with “quoined” rustication on the base corners and as plinths under the applied quarter columns. Highly figured mahogany, excellent carving and great form.
The pendulum, weights and 8-day time and strike works are original, with a wonderful ships painting in the arch inscribed by the maker above the painting, “William Parkinson, London”.
(Note the original Rococo key escutcheon let into the door)
What is unusual about this clock is that the case is a Manchester case and the works are signed London. The works are absolutely original to the case and in researching him, we found that William Parkinson moved from Prescott, Shropshire (which is about 50 miles south of Manchester/Liverpool) to London where he was quite successful.
So he must have kept valuable clock-case-making contacts even though he was now working in London (not only were Manchester/Liverpool clock cases more sophisticated but most probably less expensive than downtown London).
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