An exceptionally rare, early octagonal dial Tavern Timepiece by this well-known early maker.
The exceptional case is in a very original state of preservation, retaining virtually all its black and raised gilt lacquer Chinoiserie decoration. It is decorated onto pine, as one would expect on a piece of George II lacquer furniture at the end of the early period. The case also has a number of very unusual features: the detachable trunk front and bombé shaped base with raised gilt lenticle, the gilt foliate ears at the base of the trunk door, the offset winding arbor and the absence of side viewing doors for the movement. The sides of the case are decorated with the more usual sprays of chrysanthemums.