Rare blue Chinoiserie Miniature Longcase Clock retailed by Mappin & Webb, Regent St, London, circa 1920.
The French single train movement has been serviced and is in perfect condition. The dial is clean with no damage. The case is in good condition having been cleaned and waxed; there is an old repair to the pagoda roof and wear to the gilding commensurate with age. Blue miniature longcase clocks are extremely rare.
Stock No. WG00011
Mappin & Webb was founded in 1775 when Jonathan Mappin opened a Sheffield based silver workshop, then as now a major centre of the English silver trade. As a natural progression from silverware, Mappin & Webb created jewels for royal courts across the globe, from the Queen of France Marie-Antoinette, to the Empress of Russia and Princess Grace of Monaco. The brand historically held Royal Warrants to both the Russian Empire and the Japanese Royal Household. Queen Victoria was the first Monarch to commission Mappin & Webb. Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee necklace was created by the house in 1888 and was designated by the Monarch as an heirloom of the crown. Royal Warrant holders since 1897, Mappin & Webb maintains warrants to both Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The company's royal connection was further cemented by the appointment of Mappin & Webb’s master craftsman in 2012, to the position of Crown Jeweller. The Crown Jeweller is the custodian of the Crown Jewels and is responsible for preparing them for the State opening of Parliament and other state occasions.