A fine and very rare second quarter of the 18th century ebony quarter chiming, calendar table clock with signed case.   Godfrie Poy, London. The case with signed pierced sound frets for the casemaker John Holl.
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A fine and very rare second quarter of the 18th century ebony quarter chiming, calendar table clock with signed case.
Godfrie Poy, London. The case with signed pierced sound frets for the casemaker John Holl.
Sold for £ 15,625 (US$ 20,485) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

13 Dec 2017, 14:00 GMT

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Lot Details
A fine and very rare second quarter of the 18th century ebony quarter chiming, calendar table clock with signed case.   Godfrie Poy, London. The case with signed pierced sound frets for the casemaker John Holl.
A fine and very rare second quarter of the 18th century ebony quarter chiming, calendar table clock with signed case.
Godfrie Poy, London. The case with signed pierced sound frets for the casemaker John Holl.
The brass-banded inverted bell topped case surmounted by five ball and spire finials over a moulded cornice, on a stepped base and ogee brass feet, the side sound frets each of arched rectangular form with a stylised wheatear border framing the series of interlaced foliate scrolls, central urn and female portraits under a canopy signed 'John Holl, Casemaker', the right hand panel hinged so as to offer sight of the movement, the 6.5 inch arched brass dial surmounted by three tapered apertures giving the day and celestial body within a foliate border, the upper corners with subsidiaries for rise-and-fall regulation and strike/silent over the Roman and Arabic chapter ring displaying half quarters and floating half hour numerals, the finely matted centre with signed mock pendulum aperture and chamfered date aperture, all framed by an ivory veneered inner edge, the triple wire fusee movement with substantial plates united by eight pillars, the verge escapement with rise and fall regulation, striking the hours on a bell and chiming the quarters on a run of six bells and hammers, the backplate with engraved stylised wheatear border framing an elaborate symmetrical pattern of foliate scrolls centred by a basket of flowers over an oval signature cartouche 57cms (22.5ins) high

Footnotes

  • Godfrey Poy worked in at least three fashionable addresses in central London from 1718 to 1753 including Pall Mall and Haymarket. He was capable of exceptional work; a very rare quarter chiming table clock in a padouk wood case was sold in these rooms from the Cortlandt Moore collection of fine clocks on 16th December 2015, lot 89 for a hammer price of £25,000.
    Barder, in 'The Georgian Bracket Clock', ACC 1993 illustrates "A very fine musical clock with an ebonised case, brass mounts and engraved brass sound frets. Circa 1740."

    We are grateful to Roger Smith for the following footnote:

    It was extremely unusual for the casemaker of an eighteenth century English clock to put his name prominently on the case. Unlike the position in some other parts of Europe, this was not required by London guild regulations, and the clock sellers, whether they had themselves made the movement or were simply retailers, would normally have been reluctant to advertise the supplier of the case.
    John Holl, who made the case for this clock, was an immigrant cabinet and clock case maker who lived in the same parish of St Anne Soho as the clockmaker Godfrie Poy. His full name was Johan Diederick von Holle, and he appears to have been part of a wider circle of immigrant craftsmen from North Germany and southern Scandinavia associated with Poy. Although Holl's Will, proved in 1757, names various close relatives, it does not give their location, apart from an unmarried sister living with him in Soho. [1] However, one of his executors was the well-known chaser, engraver and metal worker Diederick Nicolaus Anderson (d. 1769), who was probably from Flensburg in Schleswig, which was then part of Denmark but is now in Germany. [2]. Holl's other executor was a 'Gunner Mathison' - perhaps for Gunnar Mathieson in Danish. Interestingly, Godfrie Poy's daughter married another immigrant German cabinet and clock case maker, Valentine Anscheutz. [3] This might suggest that Poy had a preference for the work of casemakers from this region. [4]



    Notes.
    1. The National Archives: PCC Wills, Prob 11/827. Will of Johan Holl, otherwise Johan Diederick Von Holle, proved London 3 January 1757.
    2. For Anderson's work, see Nicholas Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu (2nd ed. 2002), p. 38 and the references given there.
    3. Anscheutz, who was an Elder of the German Lutheran church in the Savoy, married Mary Ann Poy 20 May 1754, at St Martin's in the Fields, Westminster. He is known to have done work for Gray and Vulliamy in the early 1760s, and for James Cox of Shoe Lane in the 1770s. When he died in 1796, one of his executors was the immigrant Swedish silversmith Andrew Fogelberg.
    4. There is an interesting discussion of German cabinet makers working in 18C London in Christopher Gilbert and Tessa Murdoch (eds), John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760 (Yale 1993), chapter 4 - "The Continental context: Germany" by Helena Hayward and Sarah Medlam, pp. 24-36.

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