Antique Longcase Lacquer Clock -

William Upjohn of Exeter.A very good, pale apple green, gilt and chinoiserie lacquer decorated, 8 day, longcase clock with 12" breakarch brass dial having moonphases to arch and showing High Water at Topsham Barr. One of the most celebrated makers of the area in the late 18C.

LCLAC118 - £12,750



Fine quality, long door, pale apple green and gilt chinoiserie decorated lacquer case with gilt pierced frets under flat top, side windows to hood, "pillars attached" hood door and two step base.The chinoiserie decoration depicting figures in pavilions to the trunk door above two figures on horseback "walking on" below that.The base, again, with figures in pavilions.Particularly nice base colour.


12" breakarch brass dial with "starry sky" moonphases to arch and "High Water at Topsham Barr" indicated above in Roman numerals.The engraved and silvered dial centre with subsidiary seconds dial and square date box. Engraved - William Upjohn Exon ( Exeter ) to silvered chapter ring.Urn spandrels and blued cut steel hands.


Good quality 8 day movement with 4 knopped pillars and hourly ( rack ) striking on a single bell.


William Upjohn of Exeter.Recorded baptised St. Mary Major 29th March 1754 set up business in Fore Street 1775.Went to London 1803 where he died in 1812. Much more information is available about this maker who was part of a large extended family of fine clockmakers in the Devon area please see "Devon Clocks and Clockmakers" by Clive N. Ponsford - or contact me.

DATE - Circa 1780.

We know that Benjamin Cotton moved from Hurley/Horley to Great Marlow mid 18C so clocks signed Hurley or Horley must therefore pre date that move

HEIGHT - 85.8" (218 cms. ).

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