• 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 81

    A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED WALNUT STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK WITH ALARM

    JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON, CIRCA 1745

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    A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED WALNUT STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK WITH ALARM
    JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON, CIRCA 1745
    CASE: inverted bell top with brass handle above brass mouldings, brass-bound stepped plinth, brass-lined front door with conforming frets, matching pierced frets to sides above glazed panels, interior with plaque inscribed 'TO/I.M.WARTSON/FROM HER MOTHER/CHRISTMAS 1901' DIAL: 7 in. wide brass dial with shell and scroll spandrels to silvered chapter ring signed 'John Ellicott/London', matted centre with date square and recessed alarm-setting disc, strike/silent ring to arch MOVEMENT: six pillars (one latched), twin fusees and verge escapement, strike/trip repeat and alarm on single bell, engraved back plate signed 'Jno Ellicott/London'; winding key, two case keys
    19 in. (48 cm.) high, handle down; 13 1/8 in. (33.5 cm.) wide; 8 in. (20 cm.) deep


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    This clock belongs to a small series of similarly cased walnut table clocks by Ellicott. A few, such as this one, have fine brass mounts. Recent examples include: a plain-cased quarter chiming table clock (with later anchor escapement) sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 28 May 2009, lot 77 (£31,250); a plain-cased timepiece table clock with pull quarter repeat sold anonymously, Christie's London, 5 July 2006, lot 124 (£33,600); a plain-cased striking table clock sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 10 April 2006, lot 59 (£43,200); and a brass-bound striking table clock with pull quarter repeat sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 25 September 2003, lot 303 (£48,000).

    John Ellicott (1706-1772) was one of the finest clockmakers of the 18th Century. The son of a clockmaker, also John, Ellicott took over his father's premises in Sweetings Alley, near the Royal Exchange, circa 1728. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1738, serving on its council for three years. A friend to the globemaker John Senex and the astronomers John Hadley and James Ferguson, he had an observatory at his home in Hackney. In 1760 he was joined in business by his son Edward and in 1762 he was appointed Clockmaker to the King. He is probably best remembered for the invention of his compensated pendulum in 1752.

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    Provenance

    I.M. Wartson, 1901.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 22 March 2005, lot 233.
    Bought from Raffety & Walwyn Ltd., London, 2007.


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