Price range: £10,000-£50,000     REF No. 4433611

A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LONG CASE CLOCK WITH BAROMETER BY RICHARD CORLESS, STOCKPORT & WILLIAM BARKER OF WIGAN

A mid 18th century carved mahogany long case clock with a rare barometer to the door, the arched hood with swan-neck pediment with well carved flower heads having pierced scrolling fretwork and flanked by finely fluted pillars surmounted by three brass ball and spire finials and highly unusual stylised leaf corona, an arched top to the trunk door flanked by twin quarter reeded columns with raised panel and having blind fret carving to the throat, standing on a stepped plinth with canted angles and raised panel set on four short ogee bracket feet, the 13 inch brass and silvered arched dial with elaborate gilt brass foliate spandrels to silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with subsidiary dials for the seconds and the date, the arch with engraved orbs to a rolling moon phase and painted landscape scene, signed on an arched plaque above 'Richard Corless Stockport', the four pillar eight day movement striking a bell on the hour. The well figured mahogany door inset with an extremely rare and finely engraved silvered barometer marked 'Barker of Wigan' with seven scales of weather from 'Stormy' to 'Great Drought'.

English, circa 1770

Height: 99 ¼ in; 251.5 cm
Width: 23 in; 58.5 cm
Depth: 12 in; 30.5 cm

Having a barometer set into the door of a long case is a rare feature and few are recorded. Those recorded include an example in, 'English Barometers 1680-1860' by Nicholas Goodison, published 1969, page 131, plates 72 & 74, a clock by John Ellicott and the same clock featured in, ‘Barometers Wheel or Banjo by Edwin Banfield’, published in 1985, p.139, fig. 158, with additional examples by other makers, figs. 160, 161 & 162.

Richard Corless, the clock movement's maker, is recorded as working in Stockport, Cheshire from circa 1750. (cf 'Old Clocks & Watches & Their Makers' F.J. Britten). A similar clock with movement and inset barometer by William Barker of Wigan was featured in 'The Connoisseur' magazine in July 1911.