A third quarter of the 17th century ebony bracket timepiece with pull quarter repeat John Knibb, Oxford
Lot 114
A third quarter of the 17th century ebony bracket timepiece of Phase IV design, with pull quarter repeat John Knibb, Oxford
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 30,638) inc. premium

Lot Details
A third quarter of the 17th century ebony bracket timepiece with pull quarter repeat John Knibb, Oxford
A third quarter of the 17th century ebony bracket timepiece of Phase IV design, with pull quarter repeat
John Knibb, Oxford
Surmounted by a foliate knopped gilt brass handle, the shallow caddy flanked by applied foliate scroll panels to the front and each side, over three (now open) sound apertures and the glazed front door mounted with repoussé shell and scroll escutcheons, raised on a shallow plinth base, the signed 6 and 7/8ths of an inch brass dial with winged cherubs head spandrels, divided by engraved acanthus scrolls and the signature below VI, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with half hour and half-quarter marks, the matted centre with a chamfered square calendar aperture and finely cut blued steel hands, with latched dial feet to the single fusee movement with a reinstated verge escapement, the latched plates united by four slender baluster pillars with accentuated turned 'fins', the pull quarter repeat striking the hours and quarters on two bells, each hammer with a characteristic 'weighted' coupling, the backplate signed 'John Knibb Oxon' in an oval wheatear cartouche within profuse foliate scrollwork incorporating two masks, within a wheatear border

Footnotes

  • R.A.Lee categorised this late style of bracket clock as Phase IV in his standard reference work, 'The Knibb Family Clockmakers', Byfleet 1964. The cases share a more elaborate moulded cornice shaped with both an upper and lower profile - until this time, Knibb cases had generally flat-topped cornices. Lee illustrates two Phase IV cases which compare well to the current example as Plates 91 and 92 - all three have more elaborate handle designs and larger escutcheon plates to the front door
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