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Peter Harris Clocks
Portobello Road

Pictured above, Napoleon signing the Treaties of Tilsit, 1807.

Mobile: 07930 536 818

Web site: peterharrisclocks.com


Chelsea Galleries
69 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2QB


The photos of the clocks etc. showing here, are uploaded in a very basic way. This is partly to make it easy for myself but also I prefer to show the items as they are, rather than having them enhanced by Photoshop etc. as done by many other dealers & auction sites. Therefore these photographs are more accurate in my opinion.

Mobile: 07930 536 818

The History of Boulle Work

The technique of veneering a combination of is a type of marquetry, was first developed in medieval Italy, where a combination of copper and the shell of the greenback turtle were used, primarily in the decoration of architectural forms. It was in France, during the reign of Louis XIV, that the technique was refined to its most artistic levels. By the seventeenth century, artisans such as Pierre Golle (France), J. D. Sommer (Germany), and Gerreit Jensen (England) contributed to making the practice accepted as a technique for decorating furniture. However, the French ébéniste André-Charles Boulle (1642–1732), is recognized as the principle and most accomplished practitioner. As a result of his prolific and inspired work, the terms “boulle work” or “boulle marquetry” are used to describe this type of furniture decoration.The process, while varying in complexity, materials, and technique, basically consists of gluing together thin sheets of metal, such as brass or pewter, and animal components, such as tortoiseshell or ivory, and then cutting them into fanciful arrangements of geometric, arabesque and grotesque designs that are in turn glued onto a wood substrate which is usually oak.

Tortoiseshell Clocks are subject to CITES regulations which states in the UK that items have to be made before 1947 to be legal.

Spare Parts for Clocks

Meadows & Passmore. Tel: 020 88 43 03 03.

Web: https://www.m-p.co.uk/

Futher reading

F J Britten, Britten’s old clocks and watches and their makers (9th ed., revised by C. Clutton, 1982)

G H Baillie, Watchmakers and clockmakers of the world (3rd ed. 1951, revised by C Clutton, 1982)

B Loomes, Watchmakers and clockmakers of the world, vol. 2 (1976)

B Loomes, Watchmakers and clockmakers of the world (21st Century ed. 2006)

B Loomes, Early clockmakers of Great Britain (1981)

D Moore, British clockmakers & watchmakers apprentice records 1710-1810 (2003)​

Recommended places to visit

The Wallace Collection. Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN


Dennis Serers’ House, 18 Folgate Street.


Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3BP.


Carlyle’s House, 24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London SW3 5HL


18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington.


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