• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    A VICTORIAN LARGE PATINATED BRONZE AND BLACK MARBLE STRIKING EIGHT DAY MANTEL CLOCK IN THE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE

    JAMES MURRAY, ROYAL EXCHANGE, LONDON. CIRCA 1863

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN LARGE PATINATED BRONZE AND BLACK MARBLE STRIKING EIGHT DAY MANTEL CLOCK IN THE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE
    JAMES MURRAY, ROYAL EXCHANGE, LONDON. CIRCA 1863
    CASE: topped by a bronze Assyrian winged bull figure (lamassu), flanked by two sphinxes and two pairs of columns carved with hieroglyphics, the lower plinth with presentation inscription dated 1863 DIAL: 6 1/3 in. diameter gilt-brass with painted chapters, scroll and foliate engraved centre, signed 'JAMES MURRAY ROYAL EXCHANGE' (rubbed), steel moon hands MOVEMENT: twin chain fusees, rise and fall pendulum regulation, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell (lacking), back plate signed 'James Murray/Royal Exhange/London'
    13¾ in. (35 cm.) high; 22¾ in. (60 cm.) wide; 7 in. (18 cm.) deep


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    James Murray (1780-1847) was a fine chronometer maker, born in Moffat, Scotland. He became a Liveryman of the Clockmakers' Company in 1817 and went into business with Charles Strachan in 1816-1825. After Murray's death the firm was continued by his sons James and John. The business is recorded in London at 30 Cornhill (1840-1865) and 1 Royal Exchange (1872-1900); also at 11 Dalhousie Square, Calcutta from 1883.

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