A first half of the 18th century walnut longcase clock  George Graham, London, number 670

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Lot 126TP
A first half of the 18th century walnut longcase clock
George Graham, London, number 670

£ 30,000 - 50,000US$ 38,000 - 63,000

Fine Clocks

12 Dec 2018, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A first half of the 18th century walnut longcase clock
George Graham, London, number 670
The associated case surmounted by elaborate flaming urn finials on a stepped caddy top supported brass-mounted Doric columns over a long door with moulded edge and centred by panels of burr walnut of excellent colour and patination within a feather banded border, the sides inlaid with feather banded panels, set on a base with an applied panel on a double plinth,
the 12 inch square brass dial singed in flowing script along the lower edge 'Geo: Graham, London' with double-screwed Indian mask spandrels and engraved running foliage framing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with floating lozenge half hour markers, the finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial marked in Arabic 5' over an applied oval silvered signature plaque and chamfered date aperture, secured to the weight driven eight-day movement via four latched dial feet, the substantial plates united by five knopped and latched pillars, the anchor escapement with bolt and shutter maintaining power, 'hipped' steel crutch to a brass oval-section rod pendulum terminating in a brass bob with engraved rating nut and rack strike on a bell, punch numbered to the lower centre of the backplate 670, 2.57m (8ft 5ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sold in these rooms 18 December 2001.

    George Graham was born at Fordlands Farm, Hethersgill in Cumberland in 1673. Little is known of his early life before he made the journey to London in 1688 when he became an apprentice to Henry Aske. On the successful completion of his apprenticeship in 1695 he joined the workshop of Thomas Tompion at the sign of the Dial and Three Crowns. It was not uncommon at this time for apprentices to marry members of their Masters family and in 1704, Graham married Tompion's niece Elizabeth. Graham was the natural successor to the workshop on Tompion's death in 1713.

    A move to the opposite side of the street to the sign of the Dial and One Crown in 1720 heralded the start of a dramatic decade for Graham. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was later elected to sit on its Council. In 1722 he was elected Master of the Clockmakers Company. He improved on the design of the cylinder escapement and designed the mercury jar pendulum to counteract the effect of rate caused by changes in temperature.

    Although this movement did not start life in this case, it is an extremely well made and proportioned case of good colour and fits the dial well.

    Formerly on loan to the FitzWilliam Museum, Cambridge where it stood beside the Astrolabe Tompion as an example of the Golden Age of English Horology.
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