5th Sep, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 163


A George II scarlet and gilt-japanned longcase clock

A George II scarlet and gilt-japanned longcase clock,
18th century and later, the dial inscribed 'Richard Penn, London', the case decorated all over with chinoiserie motifs,
50cm wide
26cm deep
255cm high

A Richard Penn is known to have been active as a clock and watchmaker in London c.1732-1780.

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Sold for £3,000

Condition Report

Evidence of repair, restoration and some later elements throughout. The hood cornice and finials later. Probable cosmetic refreshment. The carcass appears to be made of pine and appears to have always been lacquered. Evidence of historic strengthening and repair to case. The case split where the trunk meets the base. The door lock later. We have no knowledge of the clock's history prior to consignment, so are unable to offer definitive comment as to whether or not the movement and case started life together. Evidence of repair and restoration to the face and movement, with the seatboard appearing later with modern screw fixing. A split to the bottom right-hand corner of the brass face. General wear to face and dial. The clock ticks and strikes when wound, and we understand it to have been running in the house prior to consignment, however we are unable to guarantee that this represents full and complete working order, and we have no knowledge of servicing history. The keys, weights and pendulum appear associated. Please see additional photos for further reference to condition.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 5th Sep, 2023

Including furniture and works of art from the 17th century to the present day, our Fine Interiors sales present fine traditional design alongside an eclectic selection of decorative arts from around the world, demonstrating how easy it is for antiques to be incorporated into the modern home.


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Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

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Monday 28 August - closed for the bank holiday

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Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 1 September, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 2 September, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 3 September, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 4 September, 10am - 5pm 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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