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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY STRIKING LONGCASE CLOCK

    JUSTIN VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY STRIKING LONGCASE CLOCK
    JUSTIN VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1770
    The 12 ¼ in. silvered dial with subsidiary seconds ring and date aperture to centre, signed 'Justin Vulliamy, London, with 'strike/no strike' lever, the eight-day movement with recoil anchor escapement and rack striking to bell, later seatboard
    80 in. (203.3 cm.) high; 19 in. (48.3 cm.) wide; 10 ¼ in. (26 cm.) deep


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    The Vulliamy clock making dynasty began in London when Justin Vulliamy (1712-1797) emigrated from Switzerland in circa 1730 and formed a partnership with Benjamin Grey, (1676-1764), whose daughter he married. During this partnership the company produced consistently high quality bracket and longcase clocks.

    In 1742 Gray was appointed Watchmaker in Ordinary to George II and Vulliamy continued in the role after Gray's death in 1764. The Royal Warrant which Gray held had been extended to the partnership in 1743 and indeed would be held by the next two generations of Vulliamys. The Royal Collection includes clocks by both the partnership and by Justin Vulliamy (see Cedric Jagger, Royal Clocks, Robert Hale Ltd, 1983, pp. 85-90).



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    Provenance

    A private collection in Rotherham.
    Thence by descent.