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:

Foreword 

2

Chapter 1What is a Tavern Clock?   The Naming of Parts

8

Chapter 2The Tavern Clock and the Historical Context

18

Chapter 3Lacquer, Japanning and Chinoiserie

28

Chapter 4The Clocks

36

Chapter 5Art and the Tavern Clock 
 The Tavern Clock and Art

58

Chapter 6Buying and Restoring Tavern Clocks 
 What to Look For, How Not To Do It

80

Chapter 7The Clockmakers' Archive; Analysis

100

AppendicesList of Appendices

105

 Appendix 1: The Archive of Clocks & Their Makers

106

 Appendix 2: Regional Breakdown of Clocks

202

 Appendix 3: Index of Abbreviations

216

 Appendix 4: Glossary of Terms

218

 Appendix 5: List of Illustrations

222

 Appendix 6: List of Chapter Bibliograpies

226

Index 

230