• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    A VICTORIAN GIANT EBONY WESTMINSTER-CHIMING EIGHT DAY CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH DENT'S SPLIT HANDLE

    DENT, LONDON. LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN GIANT EBONY WESTMINSTER-CHIMING EIGHT DAY CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH DENT'S SPLIT HANDLE
    DENT, LONDON. LATE 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: bevelled glasses to front and sides, rear door glass inset with gilt winding shutters, the top with Dent's nickel-plated split-recessed handle, this engraved 'Repeat' and 'Raise for Silence' for corresponding buttons nearby, formerly on feet DIAL: gilt engine-turned mask signed 'DENT/33 Cockspur Street/LONDON' on oval reserve, silvered dial with recessed seconds dial, Garter awards engraved 'TO H I M THE EMPEROR OF RUSSIA AND TO HER MAJESTY', blued steel moon hands MOVEMENT: six double-screwed pillars, triple chain fusees, cut bimetallic lever balance to gilt platform escapement, Westminster chime on four gongs (notes stamped on each gong stand: G, F, E & D), hour strike on further gong; winding key
    10 in. (25.5 cm.); 8¾ in. (22 cm.); 7½ in. (19 cm.) deep


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    Dent made some of the finest carriage clocks of the 19th Century. This highly unusual example amply demonstrates in the quality of its substantial construction the features which made the company pre-eminent. The split carrying handle, which folds flush to the top of the case, appears to be unique to Dent (see also lot 119, for an example signed E. White). No other comparably-cased Westminster chiming carriage clocks by Dent are recorded and it is possible that this clock was a special commission.

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    Provenance

    Probably supplied to Sir Andrew Walker Bt. circa 1890 for the newly acquired Oswaston Manor, Derbyshire.
    The property of Sir Peter Walker-Okeover, BT., Christie's London, 9 June 1999, lot 38.


    Saleroom Notice

    The height measurement of this lot was taken with the handle down.