• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    A CHARLES II WALNUT AND FLORAL MARQUETRY STRIKING MONTH DURATION LONGCASE CLOCK

    HENRY JONES, LONDON. CIRCA 1685

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    A CHARLES II WALNUT AND FLORAL MARQUETRY STRIKING MONTH DURATION LONGCASE CLOCK
    HENRY JONES, LONDON. CIRCA 1685
    CASE: rising flat top hood with glass side panels, re-instated inset spiral-twist columns, convex throat mouldings, panelled line inlay to the trunk sides, its door with lenticle and marquetry depicting birds, flowers and mermaids, conforming marquetry panel to the plinth, later skirting DIAL: 10 in. square brass dial signed 'Henry Jones' in ye Temple' along the lower edge and with floral engraving between the winged cherub mask and foliate spandrels, silvered chapter ring, matted centre with date square and subsidiary seconds ring, blued steel hands MOVEMENT: six ring-turned pillars, re-instated bolt and shutter maintaining power, anchor escapement and outside countwheel strike on bell; pendulum, two brass weights, crank key, case key
    80 in. (203 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 10½ in. (27 cm.) deep


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    Henry Jones (1635-1695) was one of London's finest clockmakers of the last quarter of the 17th Century. Born the son of a vicar in Boulder near Southampton, he was apprenticed through the Clockmakers' Company in 1654 to the illustrious Edward East (1602-1697) and freed in 1663. Probably he continued to work for East until 1672 when he set up on his own in the Inner Temple.
    From 1676 Jones was an Assistant in the Clockmakers' Company. He was Warden in 1687 and Master in 1691. Between 1664 and 1693 he had fourteen apprentices, including his two sons William and Henry. He died in November 1695 and was buried at St. Dunston's in the West, Fleet Street.
    A similar walnut and marquetry month duration longcase clock by Henry Jones was sold, Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part II, 19 June 2002, lot 170 ($44,812).

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    Provenance

    Sold by the Borojan Trust, Christie's London, 2 November 1976, lot 58 (£4,950).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN INSTITUTION