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Bracket clock: M/F.13-1938

Object information

Awaiting location update


Clockmaker: Atkins, Francis




Bracket clock with 8 day movement, rack striking.

Dial: Break-arch brass dial plate, 7 inches wide, with rococo spandrels and arch spandrels. Silvered chap¬ter ring without quarter hour markings and silvered Strike/Silent ring in arch. Silvered sunken plaque below XII signed ‘Frans. Atkins London'. Pierced and blued steel hands of serpentine design.

Movement: 8 day movement, rack striking with hour repeating and original late-type verge escapement. Engraved back plate.

Case: Inverted bell-topped case with canted corners. Cream japanning with fine gilt lattice design and chinoiserie decoration but without any raised work. Five plinths for finials, the central one lacking frets which were originally fitted each side of it. Brass pineapple finials, side lifting handles and moulded feet.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 54.6 cm
Height: 21½ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1775

School or Style


Components of the work

Case composed of lacquer ( not Oriental lacquer) wood
Finials composed of brass (alloy)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Frans. Atkins London
  • Location: Sunken plaque below XII
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/F.13-1938
Primary reference Number: 140028
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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