Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)
William Chambers (1723 - 1796)
Clock with case of ormolu, glass, enamel and Derbyshire spar
Width: 21 cm; Length: 27.5 cm; Height: 47 cm;
Inscription, movement signed (erroneously - presumably for "John Whitehurst,
Derby"), John Whitehouse, Derby //
Hotspur Ltd, London & The Art Fund & V+A Purchase Grant Fund (and others); purchase & grant aid; 1991
About this work
This clockcase, decorated in precious gilt metal, known as ormolu, and striking Derbyshire Blue John stone, is a version of the one Matthew Boulton originally made for King George III to a design by the royal architect Sir William Chambers. A savvy businessman, Boulton was keen to profit from a good design. Without seeking the King’s approval (or Chambers’s) he reused the moulds of the so-called ‘King’s clock’ for this one, which he supplied to the owners of Moccas Court in Herefordshire.
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