• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    A GEORGE I WALNUT STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK

    SAMUEL TOWNSON, LONDON. CIRCA 1715

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I WALNUT STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
    SAMUEL TOWNSON, LONDON. CIRCA 1715
    CASE: caddy top hood with brass-capped columns, concave throat mouldings over cross-banded trunk door with brass lenticle, retail label to inside, cross-banded plinth on bracket feet, restoration to caddy DIAL: 12 in. square brass dial signed on silvered chapter ring 'Sam Townson London', subsidiary seconds, date square and ringed winding holes to the matted centre, blued steel hands (replaced) MOVEMENT: five ring-turned pillars (one latched), anchor escapement, internal countwheel strike and later passing half hour strike on bell; pendulum, brass weights, two winding keys
    98¼ in. (250 cm.) high; 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) wide; 9 in. (23 cm.) deep


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    Samuel Townson was apprenticed in 1695. He was a Freeman of the Clockmakers' Company 1702-1738. A walnut longcase by him is illustrated in Brian Loomes, Brass Dial Clocks, Woodbridge, 1998, p. 48, pl. 35.

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    Provenance

    With Muirhead, Moffat & Co., Glasgow.