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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 131

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BAROMETER

    BY WHITEHURST & SON, DERBY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BAROMETER
    BY WHITEHURST & SON, DERBY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Of cylindrical shape, the arched moulded pediment above an engraved metal scale and a turned reeded half-column, above a stepped moulded rectangular pedestal, the scale inscribed 'Whitehurst & Son, DERBY.'
    37½ in. (95 cm.) long; 2 in. (5 cm.) deep


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    The Whitehurst family clockmaking business was started in 1736 in Derby by John Whitehurst I (1713-1788). He moved to London in 1775 to become 'Stamper of Money Weights' at the Mint in London. A wheel barometer signed by the clockmaker was once in the Percival Griffiths Collection.
    After John I moved to London, his brother James continued the Derby business. John II took over the firm at 22 Irongate, Derby (N. Goodison, Barometers, London, rev. ed., 1977, pp. 284-5, pl. 193) and continued to make the angle barometers that had become a Whitehurst specialty.
    John Whitehurst II in turn took his son, also John, into the business, trading under the name of 'Whitehurst & Son, Derby' from 1805 until 1846. Whitehurst & Son are known for having been solicited for the execution of Big Ben clock, Westminster.

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    Provenance

    Bought by Col. T.R. Tarleton from Mallett & Son, The Octagon, Milsom Street, Bath & 40 New Bond Street, London W.1., 13 October 1928.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE
    (LOTS 130-132)