English Aesthetic Movement Ebonized Wood and Pottery Mantle Clock

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English Aesthetic Movement Ebonized Wood and Pottery Mantle Clock

After Lewis F. Day, Attributed to Howell & James, London, of rectangular form, with carved wood gallery above the lightly-carved and incised frame, the rectangular pottery clock face printed with blue and white flowers with a circular dial, each Roman numeral in black in a white circular reserve , the twin train French movement by Elkington & Co.

The frame unmarked. The metal plate impressed "   " and 5 2.

Provenance: Property of New York State Private Collectors; purchased from Christie's circa 2000.

Lewis Foreman Day (1845 - 1910) and William Morris (1834-1896) were not only like-minded individuals creating a revolution of home design, their work was interdependent. Sadly, while Morris' work remains of great currency, Day's innovative ideas are widely-unknown, his legacy neglected.

 In the latter half of the 19th Century, London became a magnet for young women moving away from rural towns seeking opportunity - some because they had to, others because they wanted to. Howell & James built a business for the carriage trade, selling both luxury items and nicely-decorated items made by the many women who lived over the Howell & James shop premises. There, the women were trained in the arts of decorating - in making decorative boxes, hand-painting pottery, assembling various objects such as clocks - the sale of which would allow the women to profit from their practise. Some items sold at Howell & James are marked, many are not. This clock shares many similarities with marked Howell & James examples.

Regarding the pottery clock face, it is possibly by Pinder & Bourne, possibly by Brown, Westhead & Moor, Doulton Burslem, Minton or Wedgwood.

The pendulum has been removed from the clock for travel from the private collection it resided in. Once rethreaded into the pin, the clock will be re-checked for functionality. The clock face has minor staining toward the lower quadrant; one small chip to ebonized wood.