Antique Chinaman clock Top exhibition quality ,life size carved oak figure c1875 made by Walter Thornhill 144 Newbond Street, London

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Seller: dervaird007 (313) 100%, Location: glenluce, Ships to: GB, Item: 323852894191 THE CHINA MAN CLOCK BY Walter Thornhill 144 new bond street London I think this may of originally been made to sit in the shop front window in new bond street London or maybe the 1878 International Exposition in Paris ? A very rare exhibition quality . life size carved Oak figure novelty clock standing at 163cm tall Depicting a china man holding a willow pattern porcelain plate The plate doubles as the clock dial it also retains the original chased gilt brass dragon hands The dial reads Walter Thornhill ) 144 Newbond Street, London, label both on the plate an the reverse of the clock It also has the label on the reverse of the clock which reads ‘The chinaman clock’ from Prince of Nepals collection. Thornhill & Co (Biographical details) Thornhill & Co (shop/business; British; 1810 - 1912) Thornhill & Co; Walter Thornhill & Co; Morley & ThornhillAddress No.144, New Bond Street, London No.9, High Street, Kensington, London No.137, New Bond Street, London (Morley & Thornhill) This firm founded by Joseph Gibbs in 1734 were originally cutlers but by 1805 had become known as Morley & Thornhill, later from 1820 as John James Thornhill & Co., listed from 1838 as cutlers to the Queen. By 1850 or 1851 the firm was in the hands of Walter Thornhill and from c.1875 was Walter Thornhill & Co. In 1895 when the firm became a limited liability company it was described as 'cutlers, gold and silversmiths, jewellers and manufacturers and dealers in dressing cases, travelling bags etc.'. The company was wound up in 1905 but trading continued under the name W Thornhill & Co until 1912. Trade card in Banks Collection (D,2.173) advertises "Morley & Thornhill, late Gibbs. Manufacturing CutlersWalter Thornhill Walter Thornhill was a cutler, jeweller and silversmith. His company can be traced back to a cutler named Joseph Gibbs, based at 137 Bond Street in London. By 1772 the business was in the hands of his son, James Gibbs, and in 1800, was renamed as Gibbs & Lewis. By 1805 the company was being run by John James Thornhill and John Morley, under the name of Morley & Thornhill. They moved to 144 New Bond Street in 1810. This partnership was dissolved in 1823 and the firm was renamed as John James Thornhill & Co., remaining at the same address. Thornhill acquired Royal Warrants of appointment to Queen Victoria, the Prince and Princess of Wales as well as other members of the Royal Family. John James Thornhill died in 1848 and his son Walter took over the firm, to be known as Walter Thornhill, shortly after. Walter broadened the company’s area of expertise as cutlers and silversmiths by moving into the manufacure of dressing cases, writing boxes, desks and other luxury pieces. Thornhill soon built up a great reputation for the quality of his work, attaining a prize medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851, the International Exhibition in Paris of 1855, the International Exhibition of 1862 and then multiple medals at the 1878 International Exposition in Paris. Dial diameter 60.5cm height 163cm width 65cm Condition: in original condition .lovely original patination fantastic golden oak color ,the back door needs the hinges repairing, Sub-Type: Grandfather, Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Oak, Clock Type: Novelty Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Victorian, Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Features: 8-Day

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