Gould, Christopher. An exceptional clockmaker. Made Free Brother in the Clockmakers' Company in April 1682. He was made a Beadle in September 1713 (a post given to impoverished clockmakers) and received charity from the Company from then until his death in 1718. An inverted bell top bracket clock by Gould is illustrated in Richard Barder The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Antique Collectors' Club, 1993, p.28, plate I/8. It is surprising that a prolific maker with an illustrious reputation died in penury.
Gould's work may be compared to Charles Gretton (ref. lot 70) whose clockwork was always of the best quality. Their movements had thick brass plates and robust pillars and always appear to be filled to overflowing with complicated wheelwork.