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An exceptional George II period quarter striking ebony bracket clock by this superb maker, Nicholas Lambert. The ebony moulded and veneered case has an inverted bell top, brass carrying handle and magnificent pierced and engraved frets to the sides and door spandrels. The side frets are engraved with baskets of flowers and foliage and are almost identical in style to those found on a musical bracket clock by Quare and Horseman. 

The arched dial has a silvered chapter ring and the matted brass centre is embellished with a mock pendulum and a date aperture above the VI. The clock is signed 'Nicholas Lambert, London' on an oval silver plaque above the mock pendulum. There is an additional strike/silent dial in the arch, and elaborate brass spandrels in the rococo style on the dial, displaying grotesque masks within scrollwork. 

The clock has an 8-day movement and strikes the quarter hours on six bells and the hour on a separate larger bell. The back-plate is lavishly engraved with scrollwork, birds and figures playing various instruments within a wheatear boarder.