A rare late 17th century quarter repeating ebony table clock with four subsidiary dials Henry Massy, London
Lot 84
A rare late 17th century quarter repeating ebony table clock with four subsidiary dials
Henry Massy, London
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 19,185) inc. premium
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A rare late 17th century quarter repeating ebony table clock with four subsidiary dials Henry Massy, London A rare late 17th century quarter repeating ebony table clock with four subsidiary dials Henry Massy, London
Lot Details
A rare late 17th century quarter repeating ebony table clock with four subsidiary dials
Henry Massy, London
The caddy top surmounted by a twin-foliate bud handle over a well moulded cornice, rectangular glazed side panels and plinth base on squat brass feet, the seven inch square brass dial set with four subsidiaries: the top left for the rise-and-fall regulation marked 1-6; the top right for strike silent labelled "Not Strike" and "Twill Strike", the lower two dials to operate the pair of forked steel arms to secure the pendulum marked "Swing Loose" and "Swing Fast", the Roman and Arabic chapter ring with half quarter marks and fancy half hour markers (signed between VII and V 'Henry Massy, Lodon' (sic)) enclosing a finely matted centre with decorated chamfered mock pendulum aperture and ringed winding squares, the movement plates united by five knopped and ringed pillars, (the central example latched to the frontplate), twin gut fusees to a verge escapement rack striking on a vertically mounted bell and repeating the quarters on a run of three graduated bells, the backplate decorated with an array of foliage and flowerheads around the shaped signature cartouche, all enclosed by a wheatear border 39cms (15ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Loomes cites that Henry Massy was the son Nicholas, a French refugee. Henry worked from Charles Street, London and was free of the Clockmakers from 1692 to at least 1704.
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