A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock. Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404
Lot 78
A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock.
Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404
Sold for £194,500 (US$ 312,149) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock. Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404 A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock. Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404 A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock. Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404
A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock.
Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404
The case
the caddy surmounted by a gilt brass facetted thistle bud handle over applied mouldings and cornice, the two sides and front applied with foliate scroll brass sound frets, the sides with rectangular glazed apertures, the front door with twin applied mounts, on a moulded base and block feet,

The dial
the 7 inch square brass dial with strike/not strike lever above XII flanked by double-screwed Minerva mask and foliage spandrels framing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with 'cross' half-quarter marks and 'meeting arrow' head half-hour markers, the finely matted centre with chamfered date aperture below the centre with pin-hole adjustment over the polished kidney-shaped signature cartouche signed 'Tho-Tompion/&/Edw-Banger/Londini Fecit', with blued steel hands and three latched dial feet

The movement
secured in the case via two steel screws running from the underside into the bulbous section of the two lowermost pillars, further secured by a brass L-shaped bracket on the right hand side, the twin fusees with chains, the verge escapement with knife edge suspension and engraved pear-shaped bob set with a screw thread for regulation, with rack strike on a bell, repeating the quarters on activation of one of two levers mounted on the backplate with a single tear-drop shaped cock, with six knopped pillars with riveted latches (one pillar pinned)
the frontplate of smaller dimensions than the backplate and cast to allow for the repeat work,
the backplate with a single line border enclosing the elaborate pattern of engraved foliate scrollwork, signed THO.TOMPION + EDW BANGER LONDINI FECIT and numbered 404 along the lower edge
38cms (14.5ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Thomas Tompion was Master of the Clockmakers Company when this clock was finished and sold by him in 1704. He was undertaking some of his most impressive work in the early years of the century when he was in partnership with his nephew Edward Banger. For example, see number 460, the silver-mounted Barnard Tompion; 417 the Hanover grande sonnerie table clock, number 457, the miniature Poyntz table clock, number 483 the sidereal month going longcase clock and the Denmark Tompion of 1703. The case and dial of number 404 being of Phase One design might indicate that it was a private commission.

    Literature
    Illustrated by Mallet & Son in the catalogue of the British
    Clockmakers Heritage Exhibition 1952.
    Illustrated in Ullyett, In Quest of Clocks, Spring Books, 1968, plate XLVIII with the caption "Eight-day striking and repeat clock by Tompion and Banger. The movement is numbered 404, and the whole clock is of the period of Tompion's best workmanship."

    Provenance
    According to Jeremy Evans, 404 was first recorded by C.A.Ilbert in 1938 with Webster.
    Exhibited by Mallets Antique Dealers Fair 1953.
    Sotheby's New Bond Street 14th December 1970, lot 207. When sold in 1970, the clock had acquired a wall bracket, this is now not with the clock.
    The rear of the dial plate carries several scratched repairers marks including
    C R 4th April 1821
    C R 4th 1815
    Aug 4,1831
    WAD (?) 1846
    Cleaned August 6, 1842 by J Lloyd and AH Leeson Aug 1898
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