Ebony timepiece #93 by Thomas Tompion
Lot 1154
A fine and rare Charles II ebony quarter repeating timepiece Thomas Tompion, London, No. 93, circa 1685
Sold for US$ 116,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine and rare Charles II ebony quarter repeating timepiece
Thomas Tompion, London, No. 93, circa 1685

The faceted handle with central bud and internal pommels set on a pair of shaped brass flower head mounts, the caddy further set with three mounts of foliate scrollwork, the bold cornice over long rectangular side panels and a molded plinth base, the front door with pierced brass sound fret, the replaced case numbered "93" in the inside sill of the back door, the 6 inch square dial signed along the lower edge in a flowing copperplate script "Thos Tompion Londini fecit", with winged cherubs head spandrels enclosing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with sword-shaped half hour marks, outer minutes and inner quarter hours, the center finely matted, with blued steel hands, the three dial feet latched to the shaped front plate of the movement, the five knopped and latched pillars securing the larger rectangular back plate, signed in full "Tho Tompion Londini Fecit" in an engraved rectangular reserve amongst symmetrical scroll work, punch numbered "93" at the base, the repeating bar pivoted just above the center, the single gut fusee to a verge escapement with calibrated pear-shaped rating nut, repeating the hours and quarters on two bells and hammers.
height 13¾in (35cm)


  • Provenance:
    Tompion no. 93 is first recorded at Sotheby's London, 17th November 1950, lot 83 in a rosewood case "...Believed to have belonged to the Empress Dowager of China (Tzu Hsi) (1835-1908) and formerly to have been in the large collection of clocks and watches formed by the Emperor K'ang Hsi (1662-1723)". Shortly after this sale, the present case was made by Percy Dawson. In September 1966 it was lent to the "Exhibition of Early Clocks and Watches" held at the Central Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Road, Northampton – lender not named, case not described as new. It was most recently offered at Sotheby's 15th July 1982, lot 205, the property of the late W. Pinder, when it sold to the present owner.

    Bonhams is grateful to Jeremy Evans for providing the information in this note.
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