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