• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    A CHARLES II WALNUT STRIKING MONTH GOING LONGCASE CLOCK WITH SKELETONISED CHAPTER RING

    JOHANNES NORCOTT, LONDINI, CIRCA 1685

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    A CHARLES II WALNUT STRIKING MONTH GOING LONGCASE CLOCK WITH SKELETONISED CHAPTER RING
    JOHANNES NORCOTT, LONDINI, CIRCA 1685
    CASE: rising hood with spiral-twist columns, conforming half columns to rear slats, trunk door with moulded frame, plinth with restored sides and later bun feet DIAL: 11 in. square gilt-brass dial signed along lower edge 'Johannes Norcott Londini', engraving to the quarter positions, cherub mask and foliate spandrels to silvered and skeletonised chapter ring, finely matted centre with date square, engraved central rosette and seconds ring, blued steel hands (replaced) MOVEMENT: tall plates with six latched pillars, anchor escapement with high position outside countwheel strike on bell, re-instated bolt-and-shutter maintaining power, formerly secured to the backboard with a bracket; two brass weights, pendulum, crank key, case key
    78¾ in. (202 cm.) high; 16½ in. (42 cm.) wide; 9½ in. (24 cm.) deep


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    The skeletonised chapter ring on the present clock is a particularly refined and relatively unusual feature. Such rings were time consuming -- and thus expensive -- to produce and normally associated with the eminent clockmaker Joseph Knibb. Ronald Lee (The Knibb Family: Clockmakers, Byfleet, 1964, p. 98) notes that only a few London makers ever used skeletonised chapter rings. He lists William Clement, Nathanial Barrow, Robert Dingley, Thomas Tompion, Robert Seignior, Henry Jones and Joseph Knibb. The first five used them only in isolated instances, with Jones making perhaps six examples and Knibb at least thirty.

    Johannes (John) Norcott is recorded as paying his quarterage to the Clockmakers' Company from 1672, but was not made a Freeman until April 1681. He sometimes signed his work Northcott and died in 1698.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Bonham's, London, 13 December 2005, lot 153.
    Bought from Anthony Woodburn, London, 2006.


    Literature

    Brian Loomes, Complete British Clocks, Vermont, 1978, p. 73, plate 14.
    Ernest L. Edwards, The Grandfather Clock, Manchester, 1976, plate 146.