The dramatic blue and red panels with open worked foliate scrolls. The six corners decorated with finely cast twisted columns. Dial engine-turned centre. Rectangular shaped brass movement, keywind, three arm brass balance. Steel hands. Roman numerals behind a faceted glass. Lavishly decorated carrying handle, bun feet.
The design of this clock is inspired by medieval images popular at the time it was made.
Gothic Revival was one of the most influential styles of the 19th century. Designs were based on forms and patterns used in the Middle Ages. Serious study was combined with a more fanciful, romantic vision of Medieval chivalry and romance. A wide range buildings were built and furnished in the Gothic Revival style, which flourished from 1830 to 1900. Gothic buildings of the 12th to 16th centuries were a major source of inspiration to 19th-century designers. Architectural elements such as pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs and decorative tracery (ornamental openwork patterns) were applied to a wide range of Gothic Revival objects. Some pieces even look like miniature buildings.
Howell James and Co (1819-1911) were jewellers and silversmiths of Regent Street London. They were noted for their variety and quality of stock, including by designers and students of the South Kensington School. They exhibited in London in 1851; Paris in 1867 and again in London in 1871 and 1872.