• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    A GEORGE III EBONISED STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK

    THOMAS MUDGE AND WILLIAM DUTTON, LONDON. CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III EBONISED STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK
    THOMAS MUDGE AND WILLIAM DUTTON, LONDON. CIRCA 1770
    CASE: brass handle to triple pad top, glazed side panels, on moulded block feet DIAL: 7 in. wide brass and silvered dial with rise-and-fall pendulum regulation to the arch, strike/silent below, matted centre with false pendulum aperture, date square and silvered cartouche signed 'Tho.'s Mudge/Will.m Dutton/London', blued steel hands MOVEMENT: with substantial plates, five ring-turned pillars, twin gut fusees with verge escapement and rack strike on bell, repeat signature to plain back plate; pendulum, winding key, case key
    15¼ in. (39 cm.) high, handle down; 10½ in. (27 cm.) wide; 6 2/3 in. (17 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Mudge (1715-1794) was apprenticed in 1730 to the great clockmaker George Graham. He succeeded Graham in 1750, going into partnership with another of Graham's apprentices, William Dutton (born c.1720, apprenticed 1738) in 1750 or 1755. In 1771 Mudge moved to Plymouth to work on the development of the marine chronometer. Dutton succeeded to the business in 1794.
    An ebonised table clock of related design by Mudge & Dutton is illustrated in R C R Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Woodbridge, 1993, p. 131, pl. IV/68. A mahogany triple pad table clock by the partnership was sold, the property of the executors of Mrs Michael Behrens, Christie's London, 5 July 2002, lot 81 (£14,937).

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