A QUEEN ANNE TORTOISESHELL BRACKET CLOCK BY PETER GARON A fine early 18th century silver mounted tortoiseshell bracket clock, having veneered case in tortoiseshell on a red ground, with a moulded cushion dome top surmounted by a heavy double S-scroll silver handle, and superb silver mounts on all sides, depicting hawk heads amongst scrolling foliage, acanthus leaves and flowers, the front door with a shell sound fret to the top bar and silver grotesque mask escutcheons; on silver ring turned bun feet. The movement having a 6 ½ -inch square gilt dial with a strike/silent lever, and a chapter ring flanked by four silver crown and sceptre spandrels, with Roman hours with quarter division ring, half-hour markers and Arabic minute numerals placed outside the minute ring with half-quarter crosses, a matted centre with a scroll engraved mock pendulum aperture signed ‘P. Garon, London’ and a twin-fusee movement striking the hours with a pull quarter repeating, on three further bells operated by a cord through the base, with a verge and crown wheel escapement and a mock pendulum showing through the dial, the backplate finely engraved with foliage surrounding an oval wheat ear cartouche signed ‘Peter Garon, London’. English, circa 1710 Height: 15 ¾ in; 40 cm Width: 10 ½ in; 26.5 cm Depth: 6 ¾ in; 17 cm Literature: Percy G. Dawson, C. B. Drover and D. W. Parkes, 'Early English Clocks', 2003, pl. 696.