25 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 39,400
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
A WILLIAM AND MARY BRASS-MOUNTED EBONY QUARTER-REPEATING STRIKING TABLE CLOCK
BY JOSEPH WINDMILLS, LONDON, CIRCA 1695
The case with repoussé basket top and cast urn finials modeled with stiff leaves and buds, rectangular glazed side panels, the front and rear door rails with gilt-brass repoussé mounts, the moulded plinth raised on four replaced claw and bun feet, the 7½ in. square brass dial with cherub mask spandrels to silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, with sword hilt half hour markers and cross half quarter hour markers, signed 'J. Windmills London', strike/not strike above XII, matted center with ringed winding holes, probably original but restored and painted hands, the eight day movement with five substantial ringed pillars, twin gut fusees, reinstated verge escapement, hour strike on later bell and reinstated pull quarter repeat on four later bells (one lacking), the back plate engraved with foliate scrolls within a scored line border and around a cartouche also signed 'J. Windmills/LONDON', secured with two replaced steel brackets; restorations
15 in. (38 cm.) high, 10½ in. (27 cm.) wide, 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) deep
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Joseph Windmills, a fine maker of clocks and watches, was admitted to the Clockmakers Company in 1671 and was Master of the Company 1702. Examples of his work are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The British Museum, London.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warner; Christie's, New York, 12 October 1990, lot 101.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2001, lot 192.
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