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    Sale 7604

    Important Clocks and Marine Chronometers

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    A George III brass-mounted ebonised striking and musical eight day table clock


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    A George III brass-mounted ebonised striking and musical eight day table clock
    Stephen Rimbault, London. Circa 1765
    The case with brass handle to brass-bound bell top, the front and rear brass-lined doors with engraved brass quarter frets, the sides with brass-lined glazed roundels and panels, with caryatid mounts to all chamfered corners, brass-bound plinth raised on brass bracket feet, the 7 in. wide brass dial with foliate spandrels to silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, mock pendulum aperture and date square to the matted centre with applied silvered plaque signed Step: Rimbault/LONDON, the arch with subsidiary four tune music selection ring (Belleisle March/Minuet/Air/Lady Coveny: Minuet), strike/not strike lever to III, blued steel hands, the movement with six ring-turned pillars, triple line fusees, replaced verge escapement, hour strike on single (replaced) bell and striking the quarters and hourly music on a nest of nine bells via sixteen hammers and 7 cm. long pinned barrel
    19 in. (48 cm.) high, handle down

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    R.C.R. Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Woodbridge, 1999, p.97, plate IV/17
    John Stephen Rimbault is recorded in Great St Andrews Street, London between 1744 and 1785 and appears to have specialised in musical and automaton clocks. The present clock has a similar case design and mounts found on other table clocks by Rimbault. The layout of the dial and the use of dot markers to the corners of the date square can also be seen on similar clocks by him. A quarter chiming clock with automata by Rimbault that includes these features is illustrated in R.C.R. Barder (p.97, plate IV/17). Further comparable clocks by Rimbault include: a brass-mounted and ebonised quarter chiming table clock sold, Christie's London, Important Clocks, 5 July 2006, lot 119; a brass-mounted and ebonised striking and musical automaton table clock sold, Christie's Amsterdam, The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important Clocks, 19 December 2007, lot 466.

    For movement detail see page 37

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