7 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,250
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
A REGENCY ORMOLU EIGHT DAY TIMEPIECE MANTEL CLOCK
SEMAINE (THOMAS WEEKS), LONDON, CIRCA 1820
Modelled with a figure of a Centurion holding a shield, the base with cast relief mouldings depicting trophies of war, the white enamel Roman dial with centre seconds, blued steel hands and signed Semaine, the rear wound single chain fusee movement with dead beat escapement mounted on the back plate; pendulum
16¾ in. (43 cm.) high
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The celebrated Haymarket emporium established by the clock-maker jeweller Thomas Weeks (1743-1834) was titled 'The Royal Mechanical Museum' from 1788. Weeks followed the fashion established by James Cox (d. 1788) and Henri Maillardet of the Swiss/French company of Jaquet Droz for exhibiting highly ornamental automaton clocks as part of London's great trade attractions. Thomas Weeks also signed clocks 'Semaine'.
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Probably 1851 Inventory, Library, 'Timepeice - £3.10.0'