Clocks

The finest clocks from the English Golden Age – the period c.1660-1725 when huge strides were made in horology – are rare on the market. But this category embraces collectable timekeepers from all periods and places – from German table clocks and the classic Georgian longcase to the Victorian slate mantel clock and the advent of electricity.


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Obituary: Horologist Derek Roberts

03 June 2024

Derek Roberts, who has died aged 93, was an antiquarian horologist, author and dealer, who brought the modern world into a previously somewhat rarified business.

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Lighthouse clock right on time in Norfolk auction

27 May 2024

One lot entered into TW Gaze’s dedicated Clocks & Watches auction in Diss on May 16 caused a wave of interest among maritime historians.

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Arts & Crafts clock comes with a fairytale ending

06 May 2024

This impressive clock featured in the sale held by Dorset firm Busby (25% buyer’s premium) on April 18.

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Horology holds the attention during a four-day sale

06 May 2024

Around 200 lots of clocks and watches feature in a strong section as part of a four-day sale

Returned clock

Stolen 18th century bracket clock returned to museum after more than 20 years

30 April 2024

An 18th century bracket clock by the English clockmaker Thomas Hunter Jr (c.1760-70) has been recovered after being stolen 23 years ago.

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ATG letter: Does this clock in Queensland have the look of a French Morey design?

29 April 2024

I came across a clock on thesaleroom.com which sold for €110 at the Derksen Veilingbedrijf auction house in Arnhem in 2022.

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Cole clock now with Oz dealer

08 April 2024

This parcel gilt silver cased cheval clock by Thomas Cole (1800-64) is hallmarked for London 1850 and the maker John Samuel Hunt of Hunt & Roskell.

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Celebrated John C Taylor collection shown online

08 April 2024

The digital museum Clocktime opened last month with an event at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.

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Clocks & watches: Fret design points to hand of famed maker

08 April 2024

Castings on Charles I era lantern clock suggests the work of William Bowyer

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Simple style but 1950s watches can be high tech

11 March 2024

Beneath the simple ‘1950s dress watch’ styling, the Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic hides a lot of post-war tech.

The Selby Lowndes Tompion

Digital museum to fuel interest in clocks and watches

19 February 2024

A digital museum showcasing items from the celebrated clock collection of John C Taylor launches next month.

Stolen mantel clock

Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

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Ambrose Gardner signs in at auction

02 January 2024

Very few English Golden Age clocks signed by Ambrose Gardner are recorded.

English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner

English table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

15 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an extremely rare ebony veneered English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner that more than doubled its estimate at auction.

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Bugatti’s Breguet clock races away to take £170,000

04 December 2023

An exceptional silver Breguet hump-backed carriage clock commissioned by car maker Ettore Bugatti topped Bonhams’ latest Fine Clock Sale.

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Collection furnished a house sited a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum

04 December 2023

Although originally trained as a goldsmith, Dirck Van Rijswijck (1596-1679) developed his own characteristic style using less rarefied material.

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Clocks show in East Sussex: Would you Adam and Eve it…

27 November 2023

An automaton brass dial longcase clock by Richard Comber of Lewes (1742-1824) is one of the highlights at an exhibition in the clockmaker’s hometown devoted to Adam and Eve.

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Travelling? Keep an eye on the Cartier time

06 November 2023

Outstanding among a number of famous names at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) quarterly Jewellery and Watch sale was that of Cartier.

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Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.

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Chariot clock charges to Chester

09 October 2023

If you haven’t thought about the Roman Empire yet today, here’s your chance.

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