Matthew Dutton, London No. 292
A fine George III mahogany longcase clock. Circa 1795
Figured mahogany break arch case with fine mouldings and a bolection moulded hood door flanked by stop fluted, reeded and canted corners. Surmounted by a wasted pedestal and brass ball finial. The break arch trunk door with flame veneers matching the raised panel to the base with double plinth.
12 inch break arch brass dial with calendar dial to the arch flanked by pierced foliate spandrels. Silvered chapter dial with large seconds dial signed Matthew Dutton, London.
The substantial eight day movement with thick plates signed Matthew Dutton and numbered 292 on the backplate, five baluster pillars, anchor escapement and large backcock for the iron-rod pendulum with T-bar suspension and heavy lenticular brass-faced bob. Striking the hours on bell.
7ft 4 ins (225 cm)
Matthew & Thomas Dutton were the sons of William Dutton who was a business partner with Thomas Mudge in 1755. Together they employed the skills attained in the Tompion and Graham era to great effect. They were patronised by the wealthiest members of the aristocracy as it was generally acknowledged that their designs, the quality of their work and their elegant cases surpassed all others. Matthew & Thomas Dutton continued the family tradition, working from Fleet Street.