A late 17th century ebony veneered bracket clock Joseph Knibb, London 1

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Lot 79
A late 17th century ebony veneered bracket clock
Joseph Knibb, London 1

Sold for £ 35,062 (US$ 45,022) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A late 17th century ebony veneered bracket clock
Joseph Knibb, London
The case surmounted by a tied-foliate-bud handle on circular pommels over a caddy top and a moulded cornice, the sides with silk-backed wooden sound frets and rectangular glazed panels, the front door with matching sound fret over a pair (one missing) of gilt brass escutcheons, on a stepped moulded base, the gilt brass square dial measuring 6 inches the bottom centre signed 'Joseph Knibb London' the silvered Roman and Arabic dial with half-quarter markers and outer minute track enclosing the finely matted centre with blued-steel hands surrounded by angel spandrels. The highly engraved backplate with floral designs and two unusual fighting figures with swords,the movement plates united by six knopped pillars, both going and striking trains with wire fusees, the former terminating in verge escapement, the latter with outside countwheel strike striking on a bell above. 33cms (12 1/2ins) high (1)

Footnotes

  • A similar engraved backplate to the lot being offered for sale can be found in The Knibb Family: Clockmakers, by Ronald A. Lee, 1964, p 120, plate 121.

    Joseph Knibb (1640-1711) was the fifth son of Thomas Knibb who was a yeoman of Claydon. He was possibly apprenticed to his cousin Samuel Knibb circa 1655 and after serving his seven years, moved to Oxford circa 1662. He moved to London in 1670 and very quickly established himself, by creating his own individual style and inventing several methods of striking the hours, Roman Notation in particular. Joseph was elected as a steward of the Clockmaker's Company in August 1684 and as assistant in July 1689. He retired in 1697 and moved to Hanslop in Buckinghamshire, however, continued with clock making until his death.
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A late 17th century ebony veneered bracket clock Joseph Knibb, London 1
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