Rare antique Blue John, Russian Ural Malachite and Derbyshire Black Marble mantle clock.

A rare, antique Blue John, Ural Malachite and Derbyshire Black Marble mantle clock. Dome topped (borne shaped) English mantle clock of Derbyshire black marble inlaid with Derbyshire "Blue John" and Malachite from the Ural Mountains in Russia. The area around Ashford-in-theWater in Derbyshire was a centre of fine Pietra Dura work ( the setting of semi precious and hardstones into marble). This almost certainly unique clock case has as its central feature a Blue John classical urn. It is surrounded by Blue John branches holding finely crafted Malachite oak leaves and hardstone acorns. The branches cross above the urn and then surround the dial. The base has trophies of war set over crossed oak branches with Malachite oak leaves. The trophies of war have crossed axes and swords with Malachite hilts, a helmet with Malachite visor and spears of inlaid Blue John and Agate. Blue John is a stone found only in a small area of Derbyshire in England close to the town of Castleton, not far from Ashford-in-the-Water, the Pietra Dura working centre, and Chatsworth House, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The Duke had superb decorative ormolu mounted Blue John candelabra made by Mathew Boulton and was probably instrumental in the facilitating of Russian Ural Mountain Malachite being imported into this region. Catherine the Great of Russia was a huge patron of Derbyshire Blue John and had a large collection of decorative objects made of this material. The clock has a fine gilt bronze and engraved dial with moon form blued steel hands. The movement is of 8 day duration striking the hours and halves on a bell. Circa 1825-30. 18 inches high by 10 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep ( 45 cm by 25 cm by 11.875 cm)

Stock Number: 5404

Price: £13,750

Availability: In Stock

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