An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23
Lot 281
An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23
Sold for AU$ 292,800 (US$ 262,765) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822 An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822 An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822 An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822
An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock
by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23
the hood with a swan neck pediment with three brass ball finials over a cedar and pine strung door, flanked by freestanding reeded columns, the trunk with a casuarina and pine strung panel above a long casuarina cross banded door with a double curve to the top, with further casuarina and pine panels below, flanked by reeded quarter columns with brass capitals, on a square base with casuarina banded edge and matching circular banded decoration above a shaped apron with bracket feet to the front and sides, the 12 inch silvered copper dial with Roman and Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds and date dials, with an eight day duration movement with an anchor escapement, with original dial, copper pendulum bob, the dial inscribed 'Oatley Sydney, No 23, 1822', original winder, key and weights, 55cm wide, 27cm deep, 234cm high, (21.5" wide, 10.5" deeep, 92" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Simpson's Antiques Sydney 1992.

    Note:
    James Oatley (1770-1839) was a native of Stafford in England, he was sentenced to death at the age of 44 for stealing sundry bed linen and other items on 7 March 1814. His sentence was commuted to transportation for life to New South Wales. He arrived in Sydney on 27 January 1815 on the Marquis of Wellington and his wife Mary came free on the Northampton on 18 June.
    Oatley set up in business as a watch and clock maker in George Street opposite the site of the present Town Hall and was appointed keeper of the town clock by Governor Macquarie who later commissioned him to make a turret clock for the pediment of the Hyde Park Barracks which was completed in 1819. He received a conditional pardon in 1821. On his death in 1839 his son Frederick Oatley briefly continued the business.

    Reference:
    Kevin Fahy. 'James Oatley and his long case clocks', Australiana vol 23 no 3, Aug 2004, 22-27.
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