BONHAMS WILL SHOW THE ART OF BRITISH WATCHMAKERS

Clock-lamp. By P. Closon. London. Middle of the 17thC. Estimate £4000–6000. Clocks, Watches & Barometers. Bonhams. London, March 4

On March 4, Bonhams auction house will hold the sales named «Clocks, Watches & Barometers». The auction will present wristwatches, pocket watches, long-case clocks, wall and bracket clocks, barometers, thermometers and other measuring instruments of the 17th – 20th centuries.

Among the top lots is English long-case clock with balance wheel and escapement of the 18th century. The clock was made by Alexander Irving, London craftsman. Watchcase is of 239,0 in height. It is made of nut-tree and enchased with multicolored wood in a form of seaweeds. Clock’s head is decorated with three bronze eagles with outstretched wings flouting bronze spheres. Mechanism has sixteen hammers and eight bells. The clock beats out time each quarter of an hour. The lot is estimated at £6000–8000.

Another three lots are estimated at £4000–6000 equally. Among them is English long-case clock by Etherington, London craftsman. The clock has escapement of the 18th century. Watchcase is made of nut-tree at 244,5 height.

Long-case clock made in Clapham in the late 18th century will be a splendid addition to furniture made by Thomas Chippendale. The clock is made of mahogany with a cap in a form of pagoda with two faces. Rare brass bracket clock-lamp of the middle of the 17th century by Peter Closon is excellent in any collection of pieces of art of watch making. Its face is engraved with floral ornament and silver-plated Roman numerals and decorated with notice «Peter Closon Neere Holburne Bridge Londini Fecit».

Long-case clock in a case made of mahogany by Eardley Norton is estimated at £3000–5000.
One more long-case clock of the 18th century in a case made of nut-tree by Joseph Sayers is of the same estimate.

Bracket clock in oak case imitated ebony and decorated with gilded metal covers. The lot is estimated at £3500–4500. The clock was made in London in the 17th century and marked with a notice «Daniel Quare Londini Fecit».

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