The highlight of the two-day sale of clocks and watches conducted by Gardiner Houlgate of Corsham, near Bath on October 19-20 was this rare 17th century coach or clockwatch consigned by a Bristol family who had owned it for at least a century. Measuring 31/2in (9cm) across, it is shown here a little over life-size.
Valued for insurance purposes at £10,000 at a recent Antiques
Roadshow event, in its favour was a largely original verge movement
with an alarm by Josias Jolly of Paris (1608-1642), a superb
engraved silver dial within a pierced foliate inner case and a
pierced shagreen outer case with pinwork initials and a coronet to
With a French museum providing the underbidding, it sold to a
London dealer, believed to be buying for his own collection, at
£18,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer's premium).
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