This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage
THE DIVERSITY OF TIMEKEEPING
For centuries clocks have been made whose purpose is not merely to tell the time but to decorate, amuse, mystify and engage the spectator, and above all to demonstrate the ingenuity of the clockmaker.
As the clocks in this sale show the imagination of the clockmaker produced extraordinary variety. From the grand opulence of the Victorian longcase clock with its pendulum defining the seconds and resonating the hours and quarters on tubular bells; to the delicate French porcelain-mounted carriage clock designed to carry time from place to place. From the novelty steam boiler clock celebrating the industrial revolution in which timekeepers played a pivotal role; to the delicate champleve mantel clock which only requires winding once a year. And finally the mantel chronometer representing the evolution of precision timekeeping that made world exploration possible.