PETER WYLIE DAVIDSON (1870-1963)
'SWALLOWS' LONGCASE CLOCK, CIRCA 1902
with circular brass dial, the repoussé decoration composed of stylised Roman numerals enclosed by a frieze of stylised swallows, the hands decorated with concave discs, above a pendulum, worked in brass wire and repoussé panel and depicting a swallow flying through clouds, the whole supported on an ebonised stand pierced with circular apertures enclosing turquoise bead spacers
119.5cm high, dial, 38.5cm diameter, 43cm square at base Estimate £8,000-12,000 Provenance: Peter Wylie Davidson and by descent
Note: This clock is one of Peter Wylie Davidson's masterworks and possibly a collaboration with Charles Rennie Mackintosh; by family repute the frame was designed by Mackintosh and the clock's dial by Davidson. The use of the swallow's flight motif around the clock face is a distinctive Davidson element seen on his best pieces, as well as a classic 'Glasgow Style' motif. The pendulum depicting a swallow's flight through wirework clouds is of the same design as a well known set of brooches created by Davidson for the women in his family, of which five are thought to have been made. One example is dated 1902 and this may help us attribute this clock to a similar date. The motif can also be seen in the only jewellery design attributed to Mackintosh, but it is difficult to say with certainty who influenced who in this case. It perhaps hints at a synthesis of ideas and further strengthens the possibility of this being a collaborative project.
CONDITION REPORT: Generally the clock is in good working condition.
The movement is contemporary with the dial and will have been commercially produced. The dial and hands are in good original condition although there are a few scratches to the lower rim.
The stand is also in good order although there are some score marks to the front left upright and a few nicks and surface scratches here and there commensurate with its age and use.
The weights have a few undulations and dents, the pendulum is in good order with minor tarnish.
All the ceramic balls on the stand are intact although some of the wires that hold them in place are a little loose.
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Sold for £18,750
(buyer's premium included)