A fine and very rare late 17th century weight driven timepiece in an ebony veneered floor standing architectural case Anthony Blackford, Warwick

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Lot 167
A fine and very rare late 17th century weight driven timepiece in an ebony veneered floor standing architectural case
Anthony Blackford, Warwick

Sold for £ 110,400 (US$ 152,181) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

11 Dec 2007, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A fine and very rare late 17th century weight driven timepiece in an ebony veneered floor standing architectural case
Anthony Blackford, Warwick
The case with sliding architectural hood over a long door measuring the full width of the case at 3.5 inches wide and 36 inches long, set with a moulded rectangular panel of quartered beading and mounted on a pair of square hinges similar to those used on contemporary bracket clock doors, on a tall panelled base, applied with the same shaped moulding and raised on a plain plinth, the whole now mounted on a later backboard, the 3.5 inch square gilt brass dial engraved with a bird to each corner within scrolls enclosing the silvered Roman chapter ring with inner quarter-hour track and arrow-head half hour marks, the centre signed in flowing script to the upper part over seven realistically represented flower heads in flowing foliate scrolls, three of which terminate in mythical creatures heads, the movement with square brass plates united by four pillars with large central knops, the train of three wheels, the contrate and intermediate with a dished profile, the verge escapement (crown wheel an old replacement) with a short bob pendulum on rope drive with the original shaped lead weight. The clock is also sold with the previous crown wheel which shares a similar dished profile to the contrate and intermediate and may well be original 1.66m (5ft 5.5in) high.

Footnotes

  • The door carries an old typed note:
    "Small ebonised long-case clock by Anthony Blackford of Warwick, circa 1664. The verge movement with engraved brass dial and silvered chapter ring. Anthony Blackford is not listed in any of the standard clock reference works, but there are entries for him and his wife, Sybil, in the Church Warden's Accounts for St Nicholas's Parish Church, Warwick, in April 1676, referring to payment made for "keeping the Church clock in order."
    (Ref, DRO/87/2 Page 393 Church Warden's Account)."

    Loomes 'The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain', Grange Press, 1981, notes that Anthony Blackford is named as a watchmaker made free at Warwick in 1669.

    Displaying exquisite engraving to the dial and set in a case of wonderful proportions, this clock compares very well with the work of Blackford's more famous contemporaries such as Fromanteel, East and Knibb. The dial retains much of its original gilding and the flowing design certainly repays close scrutiny. Its recent discovery in a Midlands house is very exciting and it is not inconceivable that it has not been in the family of the original owner since new.
A fine and very rare late 17th century weight driven timepiece in an ebony veneered floor standing architectural case Anthony Blackford, Warwick
A fine and very rare late 17th century weight driven timepiece in an ebony veneered floor standing architectural case Anthony Blackford, Warwick
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