A Regency Ormolu Mantle Clock by James McCabe, London, c. 1810

Item no. 228220-9
  • Details


    • Gilt bronze, brass
    • England, circa 1810
    • James McCabe (1748-1811) - Irish watchmaker, based in London
    • Engraved signature ‘James McCabe / Royal Exchange London’ on the movement
    • Round original brass movement with spring balancer, lever escapement
    • 8 day fusee movement, brass pendulum
    • Partly guilloche brass dial with Roman numerals and minute point indices
    • Original casing in the rococo style with sculptural acanthus, volutes, rocailles and flowers; the sides open-worked with flowers and covered with red fabric on the inside
    • Winding key present
    • Dimensions of the clock: circa 35 x 23 x 13 cm
    • Good, restored condition
    • Mantel clock in the Louis XV style of the highest quality, since it bears the full signature of James McCabe
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
    Checked by the Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    The clock is in a good condition, showing minor wear. It was overhauled in 2011. The rear feet and the thread have been changed. The back cover of the casing is missing. During a short-term test, the clock was not running; an overhaul is recommended. Long-term precision and functionality cannot be guaranteed. The dimensions of the clock are circa 35 x 23 x 13 cm.

    James McCabe (1748-1811)
    James McCabe was the son of the famous watchmaker Patrick McCabe from Lurgan County in Ireland. James went to London in 1775 and opened a bell factory; later he focused on wristwatches, clocks and marine chronometers. After his death in 1811 the company went into the hands of his sons Thomas, Robert and James Jr. In 1879 operations ceased. The house of McCabe was known for the variety of clock designs and therefor gained international notoriety. Even today, the clocks of McCabe are highly sought after by collectors and fetch increasingly higher prices at auctions worldwide. (cko)

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