A rare late 17th century ebony table clock Henry Jones, London
Lot 67
A rare late 17th century ebony table clock
Henry Jones, London
Sold for £58,750 (US$ 92,575) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare late 17th century ebony table clock Henry Jones, London
A rare late 17th century ebony table clock
Henry Jones, London
The shallow caddy top set with four finials but lacking handle and mounts, over long side glazed panels, the front door originally with metal escutcheons, all on a moulded base, the 8 inch square brass dial with well cast and finished winged cherubs head spandrels enclosing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, the minute ring with typical Jones-type dotted decoration between the Arabic numerals and stylised fleur de lis half hour marks, the very finely matted centre with chamfered date aperture, the fettled hands of polished steel (the hour with particularly well shaped centre), the four dial feet latched to the frontplate, the movement with seven knopped and finned latched pillars, now with anchor escapement, the strike train with engraved and numbered countwheel mounted on the backplate, the backplate further decorated with flowerheads centred on the barrel. arbors, and further foliate scrolls within a double line border 30cms (12ins) high.

Footnotes

  • An almost identical movement is in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, illustrated and discussed in Dawson, Drover, Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge 1982, plates 464 and 465. The engraver of the backplate uses the same technique of incorporating the barrel arbor ends into the design of the decoration, in this case, three flower heads bear polished steel centres. The current clock also shares the same hand design as the Clockmakers' clock - the hour hand centre is enlarged and shaped at the root of the hand into the profile of a cupids bow.

    Henry Jones (1642-1695) was originally apprenticed to Benjamin Hill but quickly turned over to Edward East. He became a Freeman of the Clockmakers Company in 1663, was an Assistant in 1676 and became Master in 1691. During his thirty year working life he took on fourteen apprentices. In October 1692 he matched Edward Easts contribution of £100 to the Clockmakers Charity for "5 poor widows having Annually the Benefitt thereof Forever". He worked from Inner Temple Lane.

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