An interesting and rare mid 17th century lantern clock Peter Closon Nere Holborne Bridge Fecit
Lot 89
An interesting and rare mid 17th century 'Second Period' lantern clock Peter Closon Nere Holborne Bridge Fecit
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 25,428) inc. premium

Lot Details
An interesting and rare mid 17th century lantern clock Peter Closon Nere Holborne Bridge Fecit
An interesting and rare mid 17th century 'Second Period' lantern clock
Peter Closon Nere Holborne Bridge Fecit
the strapped bell over four urn finials and three pierced frets, all engraved with flower buds and sea creatures, the tapering Doric columns with ball feet, the chapter ring 7/8ths of an inch wide and 6 and 3/16ths of an inch in diameter with Roman chapters, inner quarter hour track and trident half hour marks, the centre decorated with a tight design of flowerheads and foliage, signed between X and II 'Peter Closon Neare/Holborne Bridge Fecit' above the Arabic alarm setting dial, the weight driven movement converted from balance wheel to pendulum-driven verge escapement sounding the hours and the alarm on the bell. 38cms (15ins) high.

Footnotes

  • This interesting clock was originally intended to have an additional passing, or single, strike of the bell on the half-hour. Passing strike is very rare on English lantern clocks, but others by Closon are known - see White, 'English Lantern Clocks, Woodbridge 1989 page 155, plates 61,62 and 63. In the current clock, when the original balance wheel escapement was converted to a short-pendulum, the original four-leaf pinion of report was replaced with a twelve-leaf pinion. Thus, the clock now strikes every 90 minutes instead of every 30.

    Commenting on the decline of many of the great First period makers following the Civil War, White notes that "Peter Closon was a notable survivor. His post war work became confident, varied and plentiful and his designs original. It seems likely that he was the author of the most impressive of all Second Period clocks, 26in (66cm) high and chiming the quarters on five bells (figs III/46 and III/66).

    For a biography, see lot 88.
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