William Robson C.1790


Ref No 802
A Most magnificent 6 tune ebony and gilt musical clock by William Robson London C.1790.

Price: £P.O.A


The ebony case has an arched top surmounted by a caddy with 4 sound frets and a large finial. The arched glazed front door is glazed and has a gilt brass border. There are front and back caryatid columns, elaborate sound frets, carrying handles, a bottom moulding with floral and fruit border and elaborate cast scrolling feet.

A most attractive case with the liberal use of gilt brass.

The 8” x 12” brss dial has unusual scrolling and flower spandrels, a painted chapter and centre dial, two similar subsidiary dials and signature plaque. One subsidiary is for the tune selection and the other for the date. There is also a strike-silent facility, Plus 2 repeat cords one for the hour and the other for the music. The substantial 6-pillar, 8-day verge escapement movement strikes the hours on a bell and plays a tune every hour on 13 bells. The backplate is beautifully engraved with flowers and foliage.

William Robson a famous musical clock maker was apprenticed in 1771 to Thomas Harpur for 7 years. He became a member of the clockmakers company in 1787 and rose to the highest office in the company becoming master in 1809. He was recorded working in Bridgewater Square and then red Cross St. As well as making his own clocks he had quite a business making high quality movements for other top makers. He died in 1823.

Height: 25″ (64cms) including finials
Width: 16″ (41cms)
Depth: 11″ (28cms)

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