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Clock Dials  Ltd.

​​​Ornamental Artist  
  Specializing in Preservation, Restoration and Reproduction

clock dial painting,  painted dial restoration, clock dial restoration, dial restoration, antique clock dial restoration

Beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) wrote numerous poems and short stories with loving accuracy depicting the life of rural Scots.

     Many of the themes and titles from his writings are illustrated on painted clock dials. These clocks and painted dials, sometimes called four season dials, usually had painted scenes in the corner spandrels depicting the four seasons, country scenes or the four continents.

     The break arch area was reserved for a popular theme of Robert Burns' short story or poem. The technique was a more folk art style with vibrant colors. Many times the clothing worn by the subject had a silver leaf layer covered with a transparent glaze of color resulting in an iridescent quality.

     Although the towns of Edinburgh and Glasgow were the main centers of Scottish clock and dial manufacture, There were other towns and villages where local talented artists worked. These Scottish Highlands clock dials were produced between 1780-1870.



"Pattie & Peggy"

Scottish Clock Dials Article in Hingham

Scottish Clock Dials Astrid Donnellan Scottish clock dials article   Scottish clock dials article in Hingham

               The Decorator, Vol 61 # 2 -2007

"The Muse Finding burns at the Plough"

T"John Anderson My Joe"

"Pattie & Peggy"


The Influence of Robert Burns


Astrid Donnellan