Issac Du Hamel (fl. 1731 -1755) Bracket Clock
A fine small George II striking and quarter repeating 8-day ebonised Bracket Clock The arched 14 cm dial with engraved regulation and calendar apertures; signed Isac Du. Hamel London, on a silvered plaque below the VI, the upper regulation dial framed by finely chiselled leaf-scroll spandrels; incorporating eagle-heads and flowers, the lower part of the dial with finely chased scrolls, masks and flowers; the moulded and finely pierced hands of blued steel, the strike silent leaver adjacent to the IX, the chapter ring with roman hours and arabic minutes, the movement with 5 ringed pillars, chain fusee, and pull repeat pulley. The back plate and repeat pulley, engraved with a basket of flowers amidst elaborate arabesques. The case with surmounted with an eagle above ormolu shoulders and on scroll feet, the sides with beautifully engraved Berainesque scrolls and pierced sound frets, the 8 day movement with 19th anchor escapement, the pull quarter-repeat on six bells and further hour striking on an additional bell.
England, circa 1735
Height: 51 cm Width: 26 cm Depth 15 cm
Isaac Du Hamel is recorded as a good maker working in London 1731 and 1755. Works by Du Hamel are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Guildhall Museum and a longcase clock is in Buckingham Palace. Illustrated: Richard C. R. Barder, "The Georgian Bracket Clock", Woodbridge, 1993, pp. 56 & 57, illus. pl. II/36