Clocks

The finest clocks from the English Golden Age – the period c.1660-1725 when huge strides were made in horology – are rare on the market. But this category embraces collectable timekeepers from all periods and places – from German table clocks and the classic Georgian longcase to the Victorian slate mantel clock and the advent of electricity.


Mudge Green stands out in Taylor clock sale

28 June 2021

Highlights from the first tranche of the clock collection of Isle of Man entrepreneur and horologist Dr John C Taylor (b.1936) were offered for sale by dealership Carter Marsh in London last week.

Dealer offers 'more glamorous' Tompion table clock

14 June 2021

While the Taylor collection is this summer’s horological focus – “a once in a generation event” is how one dealer described it – plenty of other purchasing opportunities are available for enthusiasts of the best in early English clockmaking.

Joseph Knibb: the pinnacle of technology

14 June 2021

The first clocks represented the pinnacle of English technology and often lead the way in fashion.

Daniel Quare walnut longcase on show at Howard Walwyn

14 June 2021

This walnut longcase, c.1710, by Daniel Quare (1648/49-1724) with a month duration movement is priced at £95,000 by Howard Walwyn.

One of only five Thomas Tompion Phase I clocks consigned to Bonhams

14 June 2021

A fine late 17th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table timepiece by the father of English clockmaking, Thomas Tompion, leads Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale in London on June 22.

John Ebsworth table clock emerges at London dealer

14 June 2021

John Ebsworth was in the first rank of early makers who were working during the last quarter of the 17th century.

Thomas Cole tripod clock: a birthday present to a marquess

14 June 2021

This Victorian gilt-brass month-going tripod clock by Thomas Cole is engraved with a dedication dated July 6, 1861, from the Marchioness of Anglesey as a birthday present to her husband, the 2nd Marquess of Anglesey.

Clocks & watches: Taylor made collection comes for sale

14 June 2021

The first tranche of one of the finest English clock collections in private hands comes for sale in London and Winchester this summer

Dr John C Taylor clocks collection up for sale

26 April 2021

Perhaps the finest assemblage of English clocks in private hands goes on sale in the summer at Winchester dealership Carter Marsh.

Table by French designer Fred Brouard boosts new saleroom

29 March 2021

The work of French designer Fred Brouard (1944-99) is not uncommon at sales in France and the US but seldom appears at auction in the UK.

Closon clicks among clock fans

29 March 2021

Peter Closon (c.1594-c.1662) was one of the most prolific of the so-called First Period lantern clock makers – although little is known about his life.

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Clock dealer hosts comic opera with full farce

08 March 2021

Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks in Kensington Church Street has been transformed into 18th century Toledo for a bedroom farce.

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De Belle clock emerges in Munich

01 March 2021

Among the works of art on sale at Hampel in Munich on March 25-26 is a so-called Pendule au Manège from the early 19th century.

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Estate of Turpin Antiques dealer stands up and delivers

15 February 2021

A recent Reeman Dansie sale in Colchester included 80 pieces from the estate of the well-known dealer Jane Sumner, who died last September at the age of 82.

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A John Knibb clock dial and a bronze portrait of WB Yeats’ muse are among the five lots to watch at auction

30 November 2020

With estimates from £120-3000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Opportunity knocks for decorative arts sales

16 November 2020

Salerooms seize the chance as traditional dedicated auctions fade away in London

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Clock by Leeds maker offered in Massachusetts

09 November 2020

This 19in (48cm) high late 18th century English mahogany cased bracket clock is one of the horological entries in Fontaine’s online auction to be held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on November 14.

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Turret clock tops it off at Bath auction

09 November 2020

The latest Clocks & Watches sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, near Bath, was topped at £16,000 by this large iron two-train turret clock movement by Thomas Cooke (1807-68) of York. The estimate was £1000-2000.

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Clock grandeur: a case in point

02 November 2020

Not all early 18th century oak clocks were restricted to a simple style. There were provincial customers who requested more grandeur and country casemakers who could accommodate such requests.

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Ten minutes to make impact

02 November 2020

The French clockmaker Antide Janvier, who constructed his first mechanical globe when he was only 15, is primarily famous for his highly complex astronomical clocks and planetaria.

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