A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70

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Lot 89* TP
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement
Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70

Sold for £ 18,812 (US$ 24,232) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement
Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
The restored case with architectural pediment centred by a gilt brass shield over a plain frieze applied with foliate swags between Corinthian columns, the long slender trunk set with three panels standing proud on the long door, the sides with recessed panels, to a square base raised on squat ball feet, the 8.25 inch square brass dial signed in copperplate script along the lower edge 'Joseph Knibb Oxon Fecit,' framed by winged cherub head spandrels around a narrow silvered chapter ring with outer minute band marked in fives, with Roman hours and standing wheatear half-hour markers set on the inner quarter-hour track, the finely matted centre with engraved rose and chamfered date aperture, with four turned latched dial feet to the weight-driven eight day movement, with tall shouldered plates measuring 8ins by 4.25ins and united by five latched, knopped and ringed pillars, the going train with bolt and shutter maintaining power to the four wheel train terminating in a verge escapement with 12.5 inch brass rod pendulum with pear shaped bob, the strike train activating a vertically mounted hammer striking on a bell secured to the frontplate.
The case re-built. 1.91m (6ft 3ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Sir John Prestige
    L.R.Bomford
    Anon sale, Sotheby's 13 June 1980, lot 377
    Christies 5 July 1989 lot 68.

    Literature:
    Lee, R.A. (1964) The Knibb Family Clockmakers, pl. 97, 143 and 144.
    Garnier & Hollis, (2018) Innovation and Collaboration, the early development of the pendulum clock in London, Bonhams New Bond Street, September 2018, Exhibit number 52.
    Attention should be drawn to the similarities to the work of Fromanteel, in particular the use of scallop-topped plates, a vertical hammer arbor and a high-positioned count wheel with internal detent. Note, in the same exhibition exhibit numbers 30, the 'Messer' wall clock converted to longcase by Ahasuerus Fromanteel c.1662; exhibit number 31 Ahasuerus Fromanteel c.1663; exhibit number 50 silver-mounted longcase by Ahasuerus Fromanteel c.1665. Another short pendulum verge longcase, in a cocus wood case by Edward East c.1668 was also exhibited and shares several similarities.
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A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
A rare architectural period ebony veneered longcase clock with verge pendulum escapement Joseph Knibb, Oxford. Circa 1665-70
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