Wales, circa 1740
An exceptional and very impressive japanned longcase clock by William Bassett of Swansea; the case, surmounted by three large brass flame finials, has a large caddy top with well fretted and gilded sound frets backed with red silk; the arched glazed front door is flanked by plain brass capped columns; with two glass apertures to the sides; the main door with a conforming arched top; the base standing on a double plinth. The bodywork superbly japanned throughout.
The dial of the clock is quite exceptional with a large silvered arch with the signature of the maker ‘William Bassett, Swansey’. Below that it has the lunar days and the painted moon ring with engraved and silvered moonphases interspersed with dark blue or black sky and stars; also showing high tide; to the right and left of the top of the chapter ring and slightly inset into it are the date dial and the strike/silent dial; the chapter ring has fleur-de-lis half hour markers, Roman hour numerals and Arabic minute numerals.
It has a finely matted centre with a seconds hand below 12 o’clock and a large triangular cut out above 6 o’clock showing the day of the week with an engraved figure and sign of the zodiac.
The 8 day bell striking movement has rack striking and four nicely knopped pillars; it strikes on the hours on a bell mounted above the movement; with a brass faced pendulum and two brass cased weights.
Signed to clockface William Bassett of Swansey