H: 7.5 in / 19 cm | W: 5 in / 13 cmDescription
A Rare and Unusual Lyre-Shaped Strut Clock
Designed by Thomas Cole
The case of most unusual lyre shape demonstrating the outstanding creativeness of its designer, built up in six layers and decorated profusely in careful and precise line engraving; the bezel to the dial and the outer border to the lyre having Cole's very late "line & ball" engraving as a main feature. The porcelain dial, found in late Cole clocks, having roman numerals and fleur de Lys hands. The movement of one-month duration stamped D E E 123.
English, circa 1865
Hawkins, J. B. Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1975; p. 93 (item 30).
Thomas Cole (1800-1864)
Son of Thomas Cole Snr, a Somerset clockmaker, his history and works are fully recorded in 'Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking' by John B. Hawkins, published 1975, in Sydney. Known as a specialist in making decorative timepieces of the highest quality, Cole exhibited at the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851; he warranted an 'honourable mention' in the Paris Exhibition of 1855 and the London 1862 Exposition International, where he was awarded a medal for 'excellence of taste and design'.
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