• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 124

    A GEORGE II STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK

    THE MOVEMENT BY BENJAMIN GRAY AND JUSTIN VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1750, THE MAHOGANY CASE 19TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE II STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
    THE MOVEMENT BY BENJAMIN GRAY AND JUSTIN VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1750, THE MAHOGANY CASE 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: the hood with later brass finial to broken pediment, glazed side panels, rectangular trunk door, the plinth with moulded panel, on double foot DIAL: 12 in. square brass dial with mask and foliate spandrels to silvered chapter ring, finely matted centre with seconds ring and date square, signed 'Benjamin Gray/Just. Vulliamy/London' on a silvered cartouche, strike/silent by IX, blued steel hands MOVEMENT: with five ringed pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell, replaced seatboard; pendulum, two brass weights, winding key, case key
    88 in. (224 cm.) high; 20 in. (51 cm.) wide; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) deep


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    Gray (1676-1764) and Vulliamy (1712-1797) were in partnership from c.1743-1762. The dial of the present clock is typical of their work and closely related examples may be seen in D. Roberts, British Longcase Clocks, Atglen, 1990, p.38 and T. Robinson, The Longcase Clock, Woodbridge, 1981, p. 276. Both these clocks have walnut cases. A mahogany-cased example with triangular pediment and almost identical dial and movement was sold in the Vitale Collection, Christie's London, 26 November 1996, lot 257. With its double-footed plinth and raised plinth panel the present case does reference casework by the partnership and also by Justin Vulliamy when working alone. Intriguingly, a similar case (with full triangular pediment) may be seen on a late (Benjamin Lewis) Vulliamy regulator of circa 1850 sold Christie's London 11 December 2002, lot 46. The case shows every sign of having been purpose-made for this clock and it is therefore feasible that it is a late Vulliamy replacement.

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