Wall and Console Clocks

Musical wall clock with quarter chime and calendar

    Musical wall clock with quarter chime and calendar

    Great Britain, Bristol

    Circa 1750

    Joseph Phillips

    Wood, brass, glass, fabric; carving, varnishing, carpentry and mechanical work, silvering, gilding

    Height 107 cm; dial 36.2 cm

    On the dial: “Joseph Phillips in Easttown by Bristol”; on the plate: “To be placed in the King's Ante Room”


    Musical clock is mounted in oak wood case with a profiled cornice with carved gilded coat of arms of the city of Bristol on the front panel, decorated with phials, on console with wavy decoration and teardrop-shaped carved gilded elements. Openwork  small doors covered with red fabric on inner sides are fixed on lateral sides of the case. The clock face with gilded onlays and ornament in the form of cupids and flower garlands in the corners, with glazed door and cannulated columns on the sides, plate with the inscription “To be placed in the King's Ante Room” is on the front panel. Ring silvered dial with hours' graduation by Roman numerals, minutes' - by Arabic numerals, every five divisions, two blued hands and the inscription “Joseph Phillips in Easttown by Bristol”. The hours' integral on the inner scale is divided into four parts. The calendar's aperture is in the repoussed centre with engraved ornament. The clockwork  with pendulum, lever escapement, four weights suspended on blocks, quarter chime on six bells, with six hammers and hour strike on large bell, with repeater and calendar. Musical movement - carillon of eight bells and eight hammers with pinned cylinder plays a melody every fourth hour  with count from the clock chime counting wheel and function of the random melody repeating.  Weights' lifting is  manual.