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Opportunity knocks for West Dean clock restorer

17 February 2014Written by Tom Derbyshire

A young clock conservator, Jonathon Kelly, is being given an opportunity to work on a rare 18th century musical and mechanical clock made by George Pyke.

West Dean College, near Chichester, has been commissioned to carry out conservation work on the clock which is rumoured to have belonged to Marie Antoinette.

A contemporary of the renowned clockmaker Charles Clay, Pyke was clockmaker and organ builder to the Prince of Wales, and appointed the first organ builder to King George IV.

Jonathan, who has been offered a place on the Clocks Conservation Programme at West Dean in September, has been appointed junior conservator and will support West Dean specialist tutor Malcolm Archer to restore the Pyke Clock - part of the collection held by Temple Newsam in Leeds - to full working order.

This week's ATG newspaper includes extended reports of recent clock sales in London.

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