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    Sale 7604

    Important Clocks and Marine Chronometers

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    A George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany quarter striking eight day table clock

    JOHN ELLICOTT, LONDON. CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    A George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany quarter striking eight day table clock
    John Ellicott, London. Circa 1780
    The bell top case with gilt-brass flame urn finials, handles to the sides above brass-lined sound frets, the canted angles with mounts cast as caryatids trailing flowers, brass-lined front door with silk-backed quarter frets, brass-bound base raised on scroll feet, the 8 in. wide brass dial with foliate spandrels to silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring signed Ellicott London, date square to the matted centre and strike/silent to the arch, blued steel hands, the substantial movement with seven ring-turned pillars, triple chain fusees, later anchor escapement, striking the quarters on a nest of eight bells and the hours on further bell; pendulum, winding key
    25 in. (63.5 cm.) high


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    John Ellicott was clockmaker to King George III. He was born in 1706 and worked at 17 Sweetings Alley, Royal Exchange, London from 1728 until his death in 1772.
    The elegant case style and the fine quality gilt-brass mounts on the present clock are found on similar clocks by Ellicott. Some examples are: a brass-mounted ebonised quarter-chiming table clock sold, Christie's South Kensington, Clocks, Barometers and Marine Chronometers, 18 December 2002, lot 525; a gilt-brass mounted ebonised quarter-chiming table clock sold, Christie's London, Important Clocks Including a Fine Collection of Industrial, Automaton and Astronomical Clocks, 4 July 2007, lot 159; a brass mounted ebonised table clock sold, Sotheby's, London, Fine Furniture and Clocks, Including Property from Two Noble English Collections, 10 September 2007, lot 48.

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