BENJAMIN VULLIAMY. A rare and superb white marble and biscuit porcelain mantel clock, number 281, made by Benjamin Vulliamy, clockmaker to King George III.
BENJAMIN VULLIAMY. A rare and superb white marble and biscuit porcelain mantel clock, number 281, made by Benjamin Vulliamy, clockmaker to King George III.
BENJAMIN VULLIAMY. A rare and superb white marble and biscuit porcelain mantel clock, number 281, made by Benjamin Vulliamy, clockmaker to King George III.

BENJAMIN VULLIAMY. A rare and superb white marble and biscuit porcelain mantel clock, number 281, made by Benjamin Vulliamy, clockmaker to King George III.

c. 1790 LONDON

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A rare and superb white marble and biscuit porcelain mantel clock, number 281, made by Benjamin Vulliamy, clockmaker to King George III.

This fine clock has a white enamel dial with a beaded brass bezel. The Roman numerals are in gilt and the pierced gilt hands are original. The 8-day single fusee movement has a dead beat escapement, rise and full regulation and a back-plate numbered 281.

The clock case of white marble is topped with a brass trophy and it stands on a squared plinth base with a fluted panel with gilt rim and beading and is raised on a further plinth with rounded ends. Flanking the clock is a pair of biscuit figures of putti, one of them draped, possibly by the Derby porcelain factory.

Height: 12 in (30 cm)

* This example was once in the collection of Ronald A. Lee. It was later owned by Biggs of Maidenhead and featured in an exhibition in June 1974. A clock of similar style by Vulliamy, with putti flanking a drum dial on a marble plinth, and numbered 294, was formerly in the collection of Arthur Sanderson.

There are a number of Vulliamy clocks featuring Derby biscuit porcelain figures in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. A near identical porcelain putti by Derby appears on a Vulliamy mantel clock now in the Derby Museum. Wedgwood is also known to have supplied porcelain figures for Vulliamy.

Note: On occasions it is known that Vulliamy duplicated the numbers of his clock movements. There was a late 18th century Elephant clock by Vulliamy which was in the private collection of the 4t Baron Wrottesley, in 1968, and again later in the same salerooms, the property of Mr R Yeo, in 1983, bearing the number 281.
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