One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock Ambrose Gardner, London

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One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock
Ambrose Gardner, London

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 33,721) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

16 Dec 2015, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock
Ambrose Gardner, London
The inverted bell topped case surmounted by a tied-bud handle on twin ball and foliage pommels over a moulded cornice, the sides with arched panels inset with pierced wooden sound frets, on a moulded base with moulded block feet, the gilt dial measuring 7 inches by 6 inches with twin subsidiary dials in the upper corners; on the left for rise and fall regulation marked in 5's up to 60, with blued steel hand; on the left Strike/Not Strike with blued steel hand with touch pieces, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with slender lozenge half-quarter marks and fleur-de-lys half hour marks enclosing the finely matted centre with shaped mock pendulum aperture and original blued steel hour hand with hexagonal centre, the dial secured to the movement via three latched (one now pinned) dial feet,
the movement united by six knopped and ringed pillars latched to the frontplate, with twin fusees, verge escapement with short pendulum adjusted via a rack and pinion mounted on the backplate to a shaped brass arm (Bob replaced, but rod probably original. Repeat work missing, strike train lacking it's gut, fly, hammer, hammer spring, bell, and bell stand). The backplate signed Amb:Gardner London in an oval wheatear cartouche among curling foliage, and three pairs of birds 42cms (16.5ins) high.
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One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock Ambrose Gardner, London
One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock Ambrose Gardner, London
One of only two known clocks by Thomas Tompion's Foreman, Ambrose Gardner. A very rare late 17th/early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock Ambrose Gardner, London
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