An ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thos Tompion & Edward Banger, London
Lot 96
A fine and rare early 18th century ebony veneered, quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440
Sold for £288,000 (US$ 477,880) inc. premium
Auction Details
A fine and rare early 18th century ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440 A fine and rare early 18th century ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440 A fine and rare early 18th century ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440 A fine and rare early 18th century ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440 A fine and rare early 18th century ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440 An ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thos Tompion & Edward Banger, London An ebony quarter repeating bracket clock Thos Tompion & Edward Banger, London
Lot Details
A fine and rare early 18th century ebony veneered, quarter repeating bracket clock
Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440
Surmounted by a cast facetted handle with central foliate bud mounted on flowerhead pommels and leaf-cast bases, all showing traces of original gilding and mounted on a caddy top over an intricately moulded cornice, each side panel set with a shaped bow-ended glazed aperture over a rectangular glazed aperture and set with a hole for the twin repeat cords, the front door with a cast gilt brass frieze depicting cherubs heads within pierced foliate scrollwork, further set with matching gilt escutcheons and an applied mount of running foliage on the lower sill, on a plain moulded plinth base and four block feet. Punch numbered 440 on the front sill.
The gilt brass dial measuring 7 1/8ths of an inch by 8inches and boldly signed in capital letters across the upper section "THO:TOMPION + EDW. BANGER/ Londini FECIT" around engraved foliate details and flanked by twin silvered subsidiary dials for regulation (marked in Arabic fives from 0 to 60) and for the strike/silent selection, both with fettled blued steel hands; the lower portion of the dial set with double-screwed gilt cherubs head and scroll spandrels enclosing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with cross-shaped half-quarter marks and sword-hilt half hour marks, the centre finely matted and displaying a large mock pendulum aperture with chamfered inner edge, with typical blued steel hands and latched dial feet to the substantial twin wire fusee movement.
The movement with substantial plates united by seven knopped and finned pillars latched to the shaped frontplate, the verge escapement rack striking on a bell and with Tompions 'all or nothing' repeat work activated via a repeat cord on each side of the case actuating one of the blued steel repeat levers cocked to the fully engraved backplate decorated with foliate scrolls and strapwork centred by a repeat signature in a shaped cartouche set under an engraved mask head, all enclosed by an engraved single line border and further punch numbered '440' along the lower edge, the pendulum pinned to a block in the shaped brass rise-and-fall lever over a pair of cheeks cocked on the backplate
40.5cms (16ins) to the top of the handle.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Sold Sothebys, London, 28th October 1932, Property of the Dowager Countess of Gosford of 5, Orchard Court, Portman Square. Lot 86 Bought by Mallets for £280.
    Lady Louisa Montague DBE, L.G. St John (formerly Lady of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra), second daughter of the 7th Duke of Manchester, K.P. She married Archibald Brabazan Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford, K.P. Vice Admiral of the Province of Ulster; Knight Grand Cross of the Orders of the Dannebrog, the Redeemer of Greece, and the White Eagle of Russia; Lord of the Bedchamber to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, 1886-1901 and Vic Chamberlain to H.M Queen Alexandra 1901; hon col 3rd batt Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Seat: Richhill, County Armagh, town residence Falmouth House, Clarendon Place, W2.

    Thereafter

    The Iden Collection (illustrated and discussed in the catalogue of the collection by Percy G Dawson and published by the Antique Collectors Club in 1987, pages 96-97).

    Exhibited at Temple Newsam House in the 1949 exhibition 'Clocks 1600-1860' Masterpieces of the North' Sept 3rd to Ocotber 9th 1949.

    Purchased some time in the 1940s from Thornton of York for £1000 by H.W. Baxter.
    Harold Wildsmith Baxter was one of the great post war collectors of Early English clocks. Fromanteel longcase now in the British Museum, a Roman striking Knibb, an Edward East bracket clock, a Knibb longcase clock (formerly in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Canmbridge), a Tompion bracket clock, a Windmills bracket clock, a Knibb bracket clcok, a Quare bracket clock, a Gould longcase, a William Cattell bracket clock.
    Knibb lantern clock


    Given by Mr Baxter to his daughter and from her to the current vendor.
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