A rare late 17th century walnut and marquetry inlaid longcase clock with ten inch skeletonised dial and of one month duration.   Joseph Knibb, London
Lot 115*
A rare late 17th century walnut and marquetry inlaid longcase clock of one month duration and with ten inch skeletonised dial. Previously in the Wetherfield Collection of Clocks. Joseph Knibb, London
Sold for £133,250 (US$ 227,241) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare late 17th century walnut and marquetry inlaid longcase clock of one month duration and with ten inch skeletonised dial. Previously in the Wetherfield Collection of Clocks.
Joseph Knibb, London
The case
The hood with elaborate moulded cornice over a blind fret supported on tapering barley twist columns, the trunk door with D-moulded edge enclosing fan inlays of ebony and walnut to each corner, further inlaid with two wavy-edged roundels flanking an oval panel depicting a bird within an urn of flowers and green stained foliage, over a large circular lenticle and an eight pointed star, the base inlaid with a further oval medallion, the inside of the trunk door applied with the original Collection label for the Wetherfield Collection sale, dated 1928 when it was bought by H Pendleton Rogers

The dial
The ten inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head scroll spandrels interspersed with engraved foliage and buds, signed along the lower edge 'Ioseph Knibb, London', the silvered skeletonised chapter ring with each minute numbered around the Roman numerals, with inner quarter hour track and simple half-hour marks, with latched dial feet

The movement
United by six slender knopped pillars with ring turning and latched to the frontplate, each train of five wheels, the going with anchor escapement with cut-out in the backplate for the pallets, the pallet-arbor cocked on the backplate, the pendulum attaching to the spring suspension mounted on a butterfly rating nut on a central cock, the strike train with countwheel set to the rear of the backplate striking on a bell 1.95m (6ft 4.75ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Wetherfield Collection, item number 31.

    Literature:
    Bruton 'The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks', NAG Press, 1981, plate 82.
    Brittens 'Old Clocks and Watches', 5th Edition page 507.

    A similar case with alternate star inlays by Joseph Knibb is illustrated in Dawson, Drover and Parkes, 'Early English Clocks', Antiques Collectors Club, 1982, plate 340, dated to circa 1680.

    Other cases of related design are illustrated in Lee, 'The Knibb Family Clockmakers, Manor House Press, 1964, Plate 20 (a month going Roman striking example, 6ft 2ins high with a ten inch dial in the collection of Frederick R. Poke Esq.) and Plate 23 (an 'unusual eight day quarter striking' clock in the collection of Oliver Bentley Esq.)
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