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King's Clock-case


Case maker
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)

Norton, Eadley

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precious gilt metal, known as ormolu, and striking Derbyshire Blue John stone, is a version of the one Matthew Boulton originally made for King George III to a design by the royal architect Sir William Chambers.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. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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