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Peter Harris Clocks
Portobello Road

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


I’m Temporarily closed in Portobello due to Covid-19. I can be contacted via email or phone for sales etc. Please note that viewing of stock is by appointment only. This is until Covid-19 is truly under control. I will be back when it’s totally safe to open. Stay safe.

Mobile: 07930 536 818

Web site: peterharrisclocks.com

thomas.tompion@gmail.com

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

Notice

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.


Temporary closed in Portobello due to Covid-19. I can be contacted via email or phone for sales etc.
Mobile: 07930 536 818
thomas.tompion@gmail.com
Please note, that viewing of stock whilst Portobello Road Market is closed by appointment only.


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

https://www.wallacecollection.org/

Dennis Serers’ House, 18 Folgate Street.

https://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

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

https://www.soane.org/

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

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carlyles-house

18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington.

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/18staffordterrace/aboutus.aspx


NB: I’m Temporary closed in Chelsea Galleries Portobello due to Covid-19. I can be contacted via email or phone for sales etc. Items can be viewed or purchased by appointment only, until the virus is passed.

Mobile: 07930 536 818

thomas.tompion@gmail.com

Please note, that viewing of stock whilst I’m closed in Chelsea Galleries, Portobello Road Market, is by appointment only.

I will be back!

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