A fine late 17th century walnut quarter repeating bracket clock Nathaniel Hodges, in Wine Office Court in Fleet Streete, Londini Fecit
Lot 107
A fine late 17th century walnut quarter repeating bracket clock Nathaniel Hodges, in Wine Office Court in Fleet Streete, Londini Fecit
Sold for £58,850 (US$ 100,361) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine late 17th century walnut quarter repeating bracket clock
Nathaniel Hodges, in Wine Office Court in Fleet Streete, Londini Fecit
The shallow caddy top surmounted by an unusual foliate bud handle on gadrooned pommels, over four repousse brass mounts covering silk-backed apertures, each centred by a cherub's head over a bold foliate swag, with well moulded cornice over glazed rectangular side panels to a moulded base on squat brass feet, the 6.75 inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head spandrels surrounding the silvered Roman chapter ring with outer minute track, the Arabic numerals set within the track itself, and to the inner edge, a line quarter-hour track, the centre finely matted and with blued steel hands, the twin gut fusee movement united by five knopped pillars, the verge escapement with outside countwheel strike on a bell and repeating the quarters on a smaller bell, the backplate signed in a drapery cartouche Nathaniel Hodges/Londini Fecit and below, in a straight line 'in wine Office Court in fleete Streete' 37cms (14.5ins) high

Footnotes

  • Nathaniel Hodges was made Free of the Clockmakers Company 320 years ago, in December 1681. In 1687 he was in arrears with his quarterage and he was not heard of within the Company thereafter. Dawson, Drover and Parkes in Early English Clocks, Antiques Collectors Club, 1982, show two clocks by him dated to circa 1690-95 (plates 675- 678); both are in elaborate repousse-brass mounted cases and indeed one still retains the original carrying case. Very few walnut clocks survive from this period and the current clock is of a particularly good colour.
    The application of pierced repousse mounts to cover cut-out apertures in the caddy top is not unheard of - Thomas Tompion did exactly the same on his bracket clock number 3, dated to circa 1685, illustrated in Dawson Drover Parkes, plate 645.
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