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Tall, ornate Red Japanned Chinoiserie Long-case Clock featuring intricate gold detailing, a white clock face with roman numerals, and painted scenic panels depicting landscapes and architectural elements against a black background—an exquisite piece of vintage furniture. Nicholas Wells Antiques

George I Red Japanned Long-case Clock

The clock’s hood, showcasing an inverted bell-shaped pagoda with fretwork-sounding apertures, is framed by gracefully tapering columns that guide one’s gaze to an exquisitely decorated door frame.

Adorned with classical chinoiseries, the trunk door vividly portrays Chinese figures, architecture, and botanical motifs, embodying the era’s deep fascination with Asiatic themes. The presence of a lenticle above the ornately decorated plinth base further refines the clock’s aesthetic appeal. The preservation of the chinoiserie decoration against the vibrant red backdrop is notably impressive.

This exquisite early 18th-century George I long-case clock, with red japanned lacquer, and fine chinoiseries including figures, foliage, pagodas, and water gardens, embodies the grandeur of early Georgian decorative arts. Drawing inspiration from Chinese and Roman motifs, reflecting the period’s fascination with Eastern aesthetics, its design features an elegant case with exceptional lacquer work. This interest in chinoiserie emerged from the import of Chinese and Eastern art in the late 17th century, becoming accessible only to the wealthiest.

Attempting to replicate these luxurious imports, local craftsmen developed japanning, a technique described in John Stalker and George Parker’s 1688 treatise, which became fashionable for its ability to mimic the East’s intricate designs and lavish use of gold leaf. This clock and the broader trend it represents reflect an English interpretation of Chinese imperial luxury, influenced by European encounters with and imaginings of China, further popularised through publications and the burgeoning production of chinoiserie-themed wallpapers and tapestries.

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Tall, ornate Red Japanned Chinoiserie Long-case Clock featuring intricate gold detailing, a white clock face with roman numerals, and painted scenic panels depicting landscapes and architectural elements against a black background—an exquisite piece of vintage furniture. Nicholas Wells Antiques

Red Japanned Chinoiserie Long-case Clock

Stock Number: 14329

A magnificent large scale early 18th century red japanned George I long-case clock, with works by Austin of Shoreditch. The elegant case very much in the manner of Giles Grendy decorated with fine chinoiserie, figures and foliage among pagoda’s and water gardens exceptional lacquer and unusual finely carved brackets below the hood. The dial with Roman and Arabic numerals with a calendar aperture, bearing an engraved plaque of the maker.
  • Height: 244 cm (96 inches)

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