The Tavern Clock
Author: Martin Gatto
232 pages, 65 colour illustrations.
This is the first book that comprehensively covers the single subject of the tavern clock, also known as act of parliament clocks. These large mural clocks were made from about 1715 until the middle of the 19th century. They were made mostly for public display albeit domestic use was not unknown. They are now rare and once seen not forgotten, always cherished by their owners with very few neglected exaples extant.
These highly individial clocks are set in their historical context with buying, chinoiserie, lacquer, restoration, and classification all dealt with in some detail. The clockmakers archive features over 300 specific tavern clock descriptions with important reference information on dates that clocks last saw public mention with selling prices in some cases.
This book is predominantly about the cases and their decoration. Tavern clock movements are timepieces with no complications. It is a valuable reference source for owners and horologists alike.
Table of Contents:
|Chapter 1||What is a Tavern Clock? The Naming of Parts|
|Chapter 2||The Tavern Clock and the Historical Context|
|Chapter 3||Lacquer, Japanning and Chinoiserie|
|Chapter 4||The Clocks|
|Chapter 5||Art and the Tavern Clock|| |
| ||The Tavern Clock and Art|
|Chapter 6||Buying and Restoring Tavern Clocks|| |
| ||What to Look For, How Not To Do It|
|Chapter 7||The Clockmakers' Archive; Analysis|
|Appendices||List of Appendices|
| ||Appendix 1: The Archive of Clocks & Their Makers|
| ||Appendix 2: Regional Breakdown of Clocks|
| ||Appendix 3: Index of Abbreviations|
| ||Appendix 4: Glossary of Terms|
| ||Appendix 5: List of Illustrations|
| ||Appendix 6: List of Chapter Bibliograpies|