A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat Fromanteel, London

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Lot 148
A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat
Fromanteel, London

Sold for £ 36,000 (US$ 44,614) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

14 Jun 2005, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat
Fromanteel, London
the caddy top surmounted by a cast handle centred by a knop and terminating in twin birds heads on addorsed dolphins, each of the four sides of the caddy further mounted with symmetrical patterns of foliate scrolls, the sides of the case with shaped pierced fretwork and rectangular glazed panels to a moulded base on squat bun feet, the front door with shaped pierced soundfret and twin escutcheons, the 6.5 inch square brass dial set with a strike/not strike lever to the upper centre with silver winged cherubs head spandrels enclosed by an engraved wheat ear border that includes the copperplate signature, the silvered Roman and arabic chapter ring with fancy half hour marks and matted centre with decorated date aperture with pin hole adjustment set over a silvered arabic alarm set disc, the dial feet all latched to the twin gut fusee movement, in turn united by seven knopped and finned latched pillars with verge escapement striking on a bell, the pull repeat sounding the hours on an additional two bells and taking its power directly from the strike train, the alarm train mounted on a subsidiary pair of plates mounted to the going side of the movement, the rectangular plates joined by four turned pinned pillars with separate spring barrel with outside click and crown wheel control to the double headed hammer mounted vertically above, the backplate engraved all over with a symmetrical pattern of leaves, scrolls and flowerheads centred by a repeat signature 36cms. (14.25ins.) high

Footnotes

  • This clock is one of a rare series made in the 1685-1695 period which use the strike train to power the quarter repeat. Two almost identical examples (but with replaced alarm trains) are illustrated in Dawson, Drover & Parkes 'Early English Clocks,', ACC, plates 566, 567, 557, 649 and 650. Others are known signed for Richard Colston, Edward Burgis and William Herbert, see pages 392 to 398, although each of these makers site the repeat train withiin the plates rather than to the side in the Dutch manner.

    This clock was purchased by the vendor some time in the 1960s from a house sale in the North-West region of England.
A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat Fromanteel, London
A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat Fromanteel, London
A fine and rare late 17th century silver mounted ebony veneered bracket clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat Fromanteel, London
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