Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments | 04 September 2013

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A fine George III mahogany quarter-chiming eight-day longcase clock Thomas...

Sold for £3500

Est: £4000–6000

A fine George III mahogany quarter-chiming eight-day longcase clock
Thomas Gardner, London, circa 1760
The six pillar movement with anchor escapement, chiming the quarters on a nest of eight-graduated bells and striking the hour on a further larger bell, the 12 inch brass break-arch dial with subsidiary seconds dial, calendar aperture and arched nameplate engraved Thomas Gardner, London to the matted centre within applied silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with Arabic five minutes, with pierced blued steel hands and figural cast spandrels emblematic of the four seasons to angles beneath arch with subsidiary STRIKE/SILENT selection dial flanked by dolphin cast mounts,
in a pagoda pedimented case with Gothic arch pierced fret to superstructure, break-arch cavetto cornice and foliate scroll blind fret frieze above generous brass stop-fluted columns flanking dial and break-arch side windows to hood, the trunk with cavetto throat above geometric 'block top' figured trunk door flanked by conforming brass inset quarter columns, on raised shaped panel fronted plinth base with double skirt incorporating bracket feet with shaped apron between, 250cm (98.5ins) high.

Thomas Gardner is recorded in Baillie, G.H. Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World as working at the Minories, London, from circa 1740 until his death in 1770.

Movements, dials and cases:
movements and dials are described as relating to the cases in which they are housed in one of the following three ways:
the case.... we are of the opinion that the movement and dial started life in the current case.
in a case… we are of the opinion that the movement and dial are in a case of correct period and type (and may well be original to the movement and dial), however there is evidence to suggest that they may not have started out life together.
now in a case… we are of the opinion that the movement and dial are no longer in the original case or one of correct period and/or type.

Pendulums, weights, winding and case keys:
we cannot guarantee that the correct number of weights (where appropriate) and/or keys are present with the clock, nor do we indicate in the catalogue description whether weights or keys are present as many clocks are consigned without them. Please check with the department to establish whether they are present or not prior to bidding.

due to the mechanical nature of clocks and the fact that most are of great age we cannot offer any guarantee as to whether they are in working order or free from major faults or restoration. Although we endeavour to catalogue items in a fair and informed manner, omission of any comments or observations regarding the condition or originality of a clock in the description does not necessarily indicate that it is free from significant faults, restoration or is in working condition. We would strongly advise any prospective purchaser to view the item in person or request a condition report and/or further images prior to bidding.

dial measurements are given in inches, other dimensions such as height are given in centimetres (and inches for English clocks). The measurement given for the height of a longcase clock excludes any removable finials in order to provide an approximate minimum ceiling height in which the clock can be accommodated.

Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments

Wednesday 04 September 2013, 10.00am

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