A fine late 17th century marquetry inlaid longcase clock of small size, with skeletonised chapter ring and Knibb-style case Robert Dingley, London
Lot 110W
A fine late 17th century marquetry inlaid longcase clock of small size, with skeletonised chapter ring and Knibb-style case Robert Dingley, London
Sold for £32,450 (US$ 53,794) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine late 17th century marquetry inlaid longcase clock of small size, with skeletonised chapter ring and Knibb-style case
Robert Dingley, London
The rising hood with aperture cut out of the top to allow the sound of the bell to escape, over a wide, overhanging cornice over a cloth-backed pierced Knibb-style sound fret of circles and scrolls supported on tapering ebonised barley twist columns to the front and rear, the long trunk door secured to the body of the case with Knibb-style hinges and inlaid with six shaped panels of vari-coloured woods and stained bone inlay depicting foliage, a bird and urns of floral displays, on a similar base, the 9.75 inch square brass dial signed along the lowermost edge 'Robertus Dingley, Londini' with winged cherubs head spandrels surrounding a very finely matted centre with skeletonised Roman chapter ring with minute track, inner quarter-hour track and half hour markers, the centre with finely sculpted blued steel hands, subsidiary seconds dial and a chamfered date aperture, the movement with bolt and shutter maintaining power, anchor escapement and outside countwheel strike on a bell, with six latched, knopped and finned pillars 1.95m (6ft 5ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    This clock is illustrated by R.A.Lee in 'The Knibb Family Clockmakers' Byfleet 1964, plate 188. It is described as a "Long case clock by Robert Dingley, London showing the influence of the Knibb family in dial design. Case also from Knibbs' casemaker." and again as an "Olivewood long case clock inlaid with panels of floral marquetry with green stained ivory leaves. Delicately cut skeleton dial similar to many by Joseph Knibb."

    Robert Dingley was the son of Thomas Dingley of Ewell in Surrey. He was apprenticed to Richard Pierce from 1661 until 1668. He worked for another thirty years, although, surprisingly little of his work survives. He took on seven apprentices including Benjamin Willoughby and George Tyler. It is noted that he experimented with the power supply to quarter repeating table clock movements. One of his latest clocks, a seaweed marquetry longcase, is illustrated in Dawson, Drover, Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge 1982, plate 400.
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