• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    A GEORGE IV BLACK MARBLE, ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE EIGHT DAY TIMEPIECE MANTEL CLOCK

    THOMAS WEEKS, LONDON. CIRCA 1825

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV BLACK MARBLE, ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE EIGHT DAY TIMEPIECE MANTEL CLOCK
    THOMAS WEEKS, LONDON. CIRCA 1825
    CASE: topped by a putto riding a lion and holding a later gold key, the lion's plinth inscribed 'WEEKS'S-R-MUSEUM-TICHBORNE ST.' DIAL: white enamel with gilt chapters and signed 'Semaine', blued steel moon hands and centre seconds MOVEMENT: circular plates joined by four pillars, single chain fusee with dead beat ecapement to the back plate; pendulum
    13 in. (33 cm.) high; 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide; 4½ in. (11.5 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Weeks (1743-1834) established his museum of mechanical curiosities in Tichborne Street from 1788. Weeks followed the fashion established by James Cox and Henri Maillardet (of Jaquet Droz) for exhibiting highly ornamental automaton clocks as part of London's great trade attractions. As here, he sometimes signed clocks 'Semaine', reflecting the French influence of their design.
    Derek Roberts (Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks, Atglen, 1999, p.169) notes that when James Cox disposed of his museum by lottery in 1775 a number of pieces, including an automaton silver swan, now at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, were purchased by Thomas Weeks who subsequently exhibited them in his own museum.
    A clock of comparable design to the present clock, although lacking the lion and figure to the top, was sold Christie's London, 5 December 1995, lot 90.

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