THIS rare Charles II clock by John Knibb of Oxford, c.1685, was recently found by the vendor when sorting through effects inherited from a family member around 50 years ago.
The walnut 30-hour striking wall clock with alarm was then
consigned to Dreweatts' sale of clocks, barometers
and scientific instruments on February 17 at Donnington Priory,
where it made the top price of £37,000 (plus 20 per cent premium)
selling to a UK private collector.
The 13 3/4in (35cm) high clock, signed by Knibb to the lower
edge of the gilt-brass dial, is one of a group of probably fewer
than ten surviving small hooded wall clocks from the workshops of
both John and his brother Joseph Knibb.
This version, estimated at £15,000-20,000, has a striking train,
necessitating the crown wheel alarm to be transversely mounted on
the left hand side of the movement and, unusually, has a plated