A highly important late 18th century Neoclassical period Derby biscuit porcelain , ormolu and jasperware mounted eight day time piece with revolving chapter ring by Benjamin Vulliamy having a finely modelled white biscuit porcelain figure of Andromache in classical dress on an ormolu mounted white marble platform beside a blue and white Wedgwood jasper mounted ormolu square plinth signed 'Vulliamy, London, No. 228' and decorated with rams head corners and husk swags draped around two lift-up jasper oval plaques impressed 'Wedgwood' on the reverse, depicting the Three Graces to the side and Apollo at the front, concealing the movement and the winding and setting squares, the reverse fitted with a hinged glazed door; surmounted by a classical urn with flame finial and entwined snake handle, having  an enamelled horizontal revolving chapter ring indicating  the time. The movement with a single chain fusee and half dead beat escapement, having a back plate with floral engraving signed ' Vulliamy, London, No. 228'.
Note: Similar timepieces are in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, Syon House, Twickenham and in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Literature: Illustrated:
Sothebys, ‘The Ivory Hammer’, London 1972, p. 380.
‘Connoisseur’, May 1972; a trade advertisement with Asprey & Co Ltd, London.

  • Provenance

    Hotspur Ltd, London.
    Asprey & Co, London.
    Private collection, England.

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