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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 195

    A VICTORIAN LARGE CARVED WHITE STATUARY MARBLE EIGHT DAY CLOCK

    BENJAMIN LEWIS VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1851

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    A VICTORIAN LARGE CARVED WHITE STATUARY MARBLE EIGHT DAY CLOCK
    BENJAMIN LEWIS VULLIAMY, LONDON, CIRCA 1851
    The plinth inscribed 'PRESENTED BY CAPTAIN I. S. MANNING, LATE KING'S DRAGOON GUARDS', with 10 in. diameter silvered Roman dial signed 'B.L.VULLIAMY/CLOCKMAKER TO THE QUEEN/LONDON/AD 1851', the substantial single chain fusee movement with Harrison's maintaining power, half dead beat escapement and up and down pendulum regulation, signed on the back plate 'VULLIAMY/LONDON/NO. 1901'; typical Vulliamy-type pendulum
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high, 70 in. (178 cm.) wide, 10 in. (25 cm.) deep


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    Captain J. S. Manning is recorded serving in the King's Dragoon Guards from 1815-1840. In view of its commemorative inscription, it may possibly have been executed for the guards barracks around the time that the architect Blore (d.1879) was completing the Palace facade.
    Further examples of sculpted marble clock-frames of such grandeur and incorporating movements by Vulliamy include the marble chimneypiece in the Presence Chamber in Windsor castle executed by John Bacon R.A. in the latter part of the 18th Century and the ornamental Buckingham Palace hall clock executed by Joseph Theakstone in 1829. Since the late 1950's the present clock was positioned over the entrance to The Great Room at Christie's London.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, 8 King Street, London.