A 'John Ellicott' walnut bracket clock with pull quarter repeat
Lot 116W
A mid 18th century walnut bracket clock with pull quarter repeat John Ellicott, London
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
withdrawn
Auction Details
An mid 18th century walnut bracket clock with pull quarter repeat John Ellicott, London
Lot Details
A mid 18th century walnut bracket clock with pull quarter repeat
John Ellicott, London
The inverted bell top case surmounted by a substantial brass handle, over the moulded cornice and break arch door with quadrants, flanked by fluted canted corners and glazed side panels, over the double plinth base, the signed 6.75 inch brass Roman and Arabic dial with foliate mask spandrels with subsidiary strike/silent dial to the arch, with calendar and mock pendulum apertures to the matted centre, the chapter ring with chamfered inside edge and lozenge shaped half hour markers, the twin train fusee movement with verge escapement, the rectangular plates united by five knopped pillars, the pull quarter repeat chiming on a rack of six bells and striking the hour on a seventh, the backplate engraved with foliate scrolls centered on a basket of fruit. 50.5cm (20in)

Footnotes

  • John Ellicott was born in 1706, the son of a clockmaker of the same name. He was one of the outstanding clockmakers of the 18th century, producing a large number of quality clocks for the home market and export. He developed his own form of temperature compensated pendulum and was instrumental in the perfection of the cylinder escapement. He was clockmaker to King George III and was paid 150 pounds per annum in this role. He worked from St Swithin's Alley, Royal Exchange, London. In 1738 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and later published two articles in their 'Philosophical Transactions'. He supplied portable regulators to astronomers notably, Nevil Maskelyne, Charles Mason and James Cook for the recording of the transit of Venus. He was himself a keen astronomer and observed the transit of Venus in 1761 from an observatory built in his home in Hackney.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this lot has been withdrawn
Activities
Contacts
  1. James Stratton
    Specialist - Clocks
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, W1S 1SR
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 207 468 8364
    FaxFax: +44 207 468 8370
  2. Charles Crisford
    Specialist - Clocks
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, W1S 1SR
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 20 7468 8371
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8370