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A QUEEN ANNE BURR-WALNUT VENEERED STRIKING EIGHT-DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
A QUEEN ANNE BURR-WALNUT VENEERED STRIKING EIGHT-DAY LONGCASE CLOCK

FRANCIS ROBINSON, LONDON, CIRCA 1710

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A QUEEN ANNE BURR-WALNUT VENEERED STRIKING EIGHT-DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
FRANCIS ROBINSON, LONDON, CIRCA 1710
CASE: the later double-fretted caddy top with ball finials to glazed side panels and later brass-capped pilasters, above a rectangular herringbone-inlaid trunk door, the sides with similarly inlaid double-rectangle reserves, on double-footed plinth with similar inlay to front and sides, restorations DIAL: the 12 inch square dial with cherub and crown spandrels, silvered chapter ring with sword-hilt half hour markers and half quarter hour markers, matted centre with seconds dial and calendar aperture, and pierced blued steel hands, signed 'Francis Robinson In The Temple' MOVEMENT: with five ring-turned pillars, anchor escapement and inside countwheel strike to bell; with pendulum, winding key, case key and two weights
98½ in. (250.2 cm.) high; 20 3/8 in. (51.8 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep

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Lot Essay

Francis Robinson was 'Clockmaker in Ordinary' to George II, by warrant, dated 6th November 1727 and signed 'Grafton'. Records show that his annual stipend was one hundred and fifty pounds. He remained in office until 1760. Born circa 1671, he was apprenticed to Henry Jones, bound on 8th October 1685 for seven years, but not admitted to the Freedom until 7th April 1707. Robinson served all the senior offices of the Clockmakers' Company and in June 1725 became Master.
Robinson's working premises were in Inner Temple Lane.

Comparative literature:
Cedric Jagger, Royal Clocks, London, 1983, pp. 84-85.

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