A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit

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Lot 148
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial
Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit

Sold for £ 36,000 (US$ 47,992) inc. premium
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial
Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit
The flat topped hood with projecting cornice over spirally twisted columns (three quarter to the front and quarter to the rear) over a long trunk, with 42 inch long door with crossbanded border and D-moulded edge, on a crossbanded base to bun feet, the 10inch square brass dial enclosed by a single engraved line interrupted only by the copperplate signature Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit, with ringed cherubs head spandrels and silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring embracing the matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial and chamfered date aperture, the weight driven movement with latched dial feet and six latched knopped and ringed pillars, with bolt and shutter maintaining power to the going train, and outside countwheel strike on the bell 190cm (6ft 3in) high.

Footnotes

  • Joseph Knibb was born in 1640. It is assumed that he served his apprenticeship under his cousin Samuel Knibb in Newport Pagnell from 1655 to 1662. He began his independent career working just outside the City of Oxford, but by the mid 1660s had moved within its jurisdiction. There was some initial resentment to his becoming Free of the City and it was only through the support of the University, where he matriculated as a gardener, that he was granted Freedom in 1678 on payment of a fine of 20 nobles and a leather bucket.

    In 1670 Joseph moved to London, this was the same year that his past Master, Samuel who had moved to the capital in 1662, died, and it was natural that Joseph should carry on the family firm. At this time of the very early years of the pendulum clock, London provided a wonderful opportunity for an ambitious young man with an inventive horological brain. By 1677 he had earned such a reputation that he was commissioned to supply a turret clock for Windsor Castle. More royal work followed and in 1682 Knibb was paid for work carried out for Charles II. He took on nine apprentices, including John Drew in September 1676 and Brounker Watts in January 1684. He was Assistant to the Clockmakers Company in 1689 and is well recorded in the Companys accounts until 1697 when he retired to Hanslop. He died in December 1711.

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  • Please note that special collection terms apply, this lot will be uplifted after the sale and will be available for collection from Fine Art Logistics Limited.
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit
A late 17th century walnut longcase clock with 10 inch square dial Joseph Knibb, Londini Fecit
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