Rare tin-glazed Clock Dial Plate, possibly Liverpool, c.1780-90

 

The chapter ring painted with Roman numerals and stylised trefoil half hour dividers, the Arabic quarter hours on a band outside the minute divisions. There are two winding holes, one below the XII and another above the VI.

This dial plate would have been intended for use with a twenty-four hour longcase clock. Most dial plates of this period were painted or enamelled, making this tin-glazed example a rare survivor.

Liverpool is a possible place of manufacture as the city had a tradition of making clocks and scientific instruments, as well as the production of tin-glazed earthenware. The painting of the face had to be precise otherwise it would not be acceptable to the clockmaker.

Condition: Good - there is expected wear from use to the buff-coloured body around the two winding holes, most obvious on the reverse, where there are losses surrounding the top hole, from which extends a fine vertical hairline. Typical minor losses and wear to the fragile tin glaze around the outer edge. No restoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 21.5 cm

Refs. See Sampson & Horne, 2007 catalogue, p.17, for an earlier example from circa 1745, and also the John Howard archive, for a similar example dated c.1750-75.

Garry Atkins, 1999 catalogue, no.24.

The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, Volume 2, Delftware (Jonathan Horne Publications).

 

 
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