A Rare Original Georgian Painted Wood 'Tavern'Clock from England.
Given the name 'Act of Parliament' Clock because of a tax levied by Parliament on all clocks in the year 1797, these large wall clocks were specially made to hang in local taverns so the inhabitants of each town or village could see the time without the expense of a clock in their own home.
(In fact tavern clocks of this type well pre-dated the infamous and short-lived parliamentary act, but the name has stuck and now become traditional for the genre.)
This fine example, made by clockmaker Joseph Jolly of London is in very good working condition, with its original brass movement and pendulum, and with handpainted maker's name and the original satirical coloured engraving on the door depicting a lady aristocrat with her hairdresser.
Circa 1760-1780, the clock measures 61 inches tall x 29 wide x 8 deep. In excellent working condition, the movement having been recently overhauled.
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