• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK

    JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON. CIRCA 1784

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    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK
    JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON. CIRCA 1784
    CASE: brass handle and triple brass-bound pads to the top, brass mouldings to the front door, silk-backed brass side frets, on brass bracket feet DIAL: 8 in. wide brass dial with engraved floral spandrels to white enamel chapter disc signed 'Ellicott/London', further floral engraving to white enamel subsidiaries to the arch for strike/silent and pendulum regulation, blued steel hands MOVEMENT: five ring-turned pillars, twin line fusees, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell, shouldered back plate with engraved border and signed 'Ellicott/London', front plate stamped 'J THWAITES/1153', seatboard also stamped '1153'; pendulum, winding key, case key
    17 in. (43 cm.) high, handle down; 11¾ in. (30 cm.) wide; 8 in. (20 cm.) deep


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    John Ellicott (1706-1772) was one of the finest clockmakers of the 18th Century. The son of a clockmaker, also John, Ellicott took 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. In 1760 he was joined in business by his son Edward and in 1762 he was appointed Clockmaker to the King.
    The Thwaites number 1153 indicates a probable date of manufacture for the movement of 1784. Thwaites supplied high quality movements to a number of clockmakers, including Allam and Clements, Henry Borrell, Dwerrihouse and Carter, Thomas Earnshaw, John Leroux, Francis Perigal and James Tregent.
    The present clock bears close comparison with one by Benjamin Vulliamy sold, Simon Sainsbury Collection, Christie's London, 18 June 2008, lot 147 (£39,650). That clock, dating from circa 1815, was in a very similar brass-mounted triple pad top case. The dial also had floral engraving to the arch and white enamel chapter discs.

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