Unsigned, but attributable to Thomas Knifton lantern clock with matchstick man casting mark
Lot 16
A third quarter of the 17th century hoop and spike lantern clock with a 'matchstick man' foundry mark Attributed to Thomas Knifton
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,298) inc. premium

Lot Details
A third quarter of the 17th century hoop and spike lantern clock with a 'matchstick man' foundry mark  Attributed to Thomas Knifton
A third quarter of the 17th century hoop and spike lantern clock with a 'matchstick man' foundry mark
Attributed to Thomas Knifton
The strapped bell raised on four substantial turned finials between three frets, the foremost engraved with dolphins and foliage, over tapered doric columns on ball feet, the 6 inch silvered Roman chapter ring with fluer-de-lis half hour markers, under which is inscribed 'Thomas', the dial centre engraved with tulips bordering the silvered alarm disc engraved with a central rose, beneath the cut steel hand, the twin train weight driven movement with outside countwheel strike, converted to anchor escapement, the dial wheel stamped with a 'matchstick man' foundry mark. 36.5cm (14.25in)

Footnotes

  • The decorated hammer stop and use of slender urn finials are features of Knifton's work. A similar example is illustrated in Loomes' 'Lantern Clocks and Their Makers' (Mayfield Books, 2008), page 108, fig 8.48.
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