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Bracket clock: M/F.17-1938

Object information

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Clockmaker: Chater, James




Bracket clock with break-arch dial plate; 8 day movement, rack striking.

Dial: Break-arch brass dial plate, 8 inches wide with plain centre which should be silvered. Spandrels consisting of a female head and drapery amidst scrolling foliage with matching spandrels in the arch. Silvered chapter ring without quarter hour divisions and silvered ring in arch engraved ‘James Chater/London' and ‘Strike/Silent'. Modern blued steel hands of serpentine design.

Movement: 8 day movement, rack striking, with original verge escapement and engraved fixing brackets. Replaced apron piece to back cock. Exceptional, plain back plate, suggesting that it was originally hidden by a silk-backed fret in the back door.

Case: Inverted bell-topped case, green japanning with fine gilt lattice design and reserves painted in natural colours with a mixture of Oriental and European figures. Fine quality decoration in un-restored condition. Fine quality gilt wood frets in side openings and spandrels of front door. Glass in back door almost certainly replacing a similar wooden fret, see under Movement. Original top handle and four finials in brass. Later, but still 18th cen¬tury, side handles fitted over painted reserves.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Cecil E. Byas Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 45.1 cm
Height: 17 3/4 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1750 - 1754

School or Style


Components of the work

Case composed of lacquer ( artificial)
Frets composed of gilt wood
Movement composed of brass (alloy)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: James Chater/London
  • Location: On silvered ring in arch
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/F.17-1938
Primary reference Number: 167415
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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