A fine and rare early 19th century quarter chiming 'Phase One' skeleton clock  James Condliff, Liver
Lot 74
A fine and rare early 19th century quarter chiming 'first period' skeleton clock James Condliff, Liverpool
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 60,509) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A fine and rare early 19th century quarter chiming 'first period' skeleton clock
James Condliff, Liverpool
The arched frame surmounted by five ball finials supported on a platform supported by four tapering columns to a plinth base with recessed fusee barrels, on ball feet, mounted to the front with a shaped silvered signature plaque, the silvered Roman chapter ring with minute track within a cast bezel and inner bezel with concave inner rim, blued steel moon hands, the open centre revealing the crossed-out quarter-strike snail, the movement with reverse chain fusees, wheels of six crossings, sweep centre seconds, the balance staff set in jewelled bearings with steel roller and impulse pin to the lever with jewelled pallets, terminating in a steel balance wheel of five crossings with three timing screws and blued-steel helical spring affixed to coiling serpent, all mounted on a walnut base with bun feet and glass dome 38cm (15in) high.

Footnotes

  • James Condliff, Liverpool's most famous clockmaker, started trading in 1816 at 32, Gerard Street.
    Best known for his fine skeleton clocks, this example would have been made circa 1830 and is in Condliff's first series of clocks. Condliff's designs often had the gongs concealed in the wooden base, as with this clock, to keep the design uncluttered.
    A similar example can be seen in plate 15 of Derek Roberts' British Skeleton Clocks, ACC, 1987.


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