A superb George III Mahogany and Inlaid Longcase Clock by Lott Barwise of Cockermouth with a swan neck pediment and gilt paterae above verre eglomise panels above the arched door enclosing the painted dial with 8-day, two train, hour striking movement, centre date hand and moon phase above flanked by fluted columns above blind fretwork frieze.
The trunk has a long arched crossbanded door also flanked by fluted and stop fluted columns, the base panel also crossbanded and the whole raised on ogee shaped bracket feet.
The inlays, crossbanding, chequer banding, fretwork, complexity and quality of this rare example make it typical of the very finest of North Country Longcase Clocks. This model of case is often referred to as a “Whitehaven” case as the very best examples all seem to have been made in this town only a few miles from Cockermouth.
The falseplate is signed by Wilson of Birmingham. James Wilson was in partnership with T. Osborne from around 1772 to 1777 and they are widely credited with being the first real manufacturers of painted or japanned dials for clocks in imitation of the much more expensive true enamelling on to copper. Wilson died in 1809 thus helping to date this example from between 1777 and 1791when Barwise died.
H: 94”, 238.5 cms. W: 23”, 58.5 cms, D: 11”, 28 cms