A rare mid 18th century ormolu mounted brown and blue tortoiseshell bracket clock with silent verge escapement, surmounted by an arched pediment centred by a flaming lamp and female mask over well cast acanthus scroll 'shoulders', the waisted sides set with a lattice work design against a blue coloured tortoiseshell ground, supported on scroll feet, the shaped brass dial with a silvered Roman and arabic chapter ring enclosing a matted centre with mock pendulum aperture and date aperture with pin hole adjustment, all set above a shaped signature plate and a subsidiary dial for rise and fall regulation, the small rectangular movement united by five knopped pillars, with chain fusee to a silent verge escapement regulated by a rise and fall mechanism that utilises a steel rod running the entire length of the backplate, pull quarter repeat train, the backplate engraved with foliate scrolls, a cherub's head, a pair of squirrels and a Lion and Unicorn flanking a crown.
Richard Vick was bound to Richard Speakman on 31st January 1692 for the standard seven year apprenticeship. Before this time had elapsed, however, he was turned over to Francis Asseline, a Freeman of the Haberdashers' Company until 1699. He was later turned over to Daniel Quare and finally admitted to the Clockmakers Company on 2nd April 1702. He received the Royal Warrant on 8th December 1722, in which he is described as 'Watchmaker and Clockmaker in Ordinary, in the room of Joseph Antram". In 1729 he became the Master of the Clockmakers Company.
It is known that Vick supplied King George II with a quarter chiming ormolu mounted boulle bracket clock. This clock is very much in the same vein, with excellent ormolu mounts and a well executed mask section below the main dial. The silent escapement and quarter repeating movement would make the timepiece perfect for night time use in the bedroom. The lion and unicorn engraving to the backplate were designed to leave the viewer in no doubt that the maker of this clock was involved in supplying the Royal family and other exhalted circles.
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