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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Telling the time in Newcastle and Edinburgh

10 January 2022

The December 1-2 Country House & Fine Interiors sale at Anderson & Garland (22% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle included a late 17th century walnut longcase clock by local maker William Prevost.

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Export stop for Fromanteel’s £3m longcase

20 December 2021

The UK government has issued a temporary export bar for a Fromanteel longcase clock dating to c.1660.

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Late 18th century clock to turn heads in German auction

29 November 2021

A late 18th century clock at auction in Germany has links to a French architect.

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Valuation brings home comfort

15 November 2021

Anglo-Chinese huanghuali bureau cabinet was spotted just down the road from saleroom

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Lantern clock to Chew on

08 November 2021

A clockmaking industry thrived in the Chew Valley of Somerset in the second half of the 17th century.

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King’s Clock given a West Dean touch

08 November 2021

Emmanuelle Sibley, a student at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation specialising in clocks and related objects, has been given the opportunity to conserve the Kings’ Clock in advance of the reopening of The Courtauld Gallery on November 19.

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Second part of Dr John C Taylor clock collection goes on sale via Winchester specialist

01 November 2021

As an inventor and an entrepreneur, Dr John C Taylor feels a special affinity with the pioneering clockmakers of the English Golden Age. And it is this connection that has guided his collecting across several decades.

A c.1600-1610 elephant automaton clock

Elephant in the room: an exceptional clock

18 October 2021

A rare 17th century elephant automaton clock was the star of the Christie’s New York Exceptional sale when it sold at $2.15m (£1.58m) to a private buyer.

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Charles I makes a return in embroidery form

18 October 2021

Of such high quality that they justify the description ‘cabinet miniatures’, examples of a small group of silk and metal thread embroideries of Charles I can be seen in the V&A and Wallace Collection in London and in the New York Met.

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Edinburgh rarity clocks in at £36,000

27 September 2021

Edinburgh-made clocks that predate 1700 are rare.

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Ornate work of clockmaker Lévy Frères emerges in German sale

27 September 2021

From the middle of the 19th century, Parisian clockmaker Lévy Frères, which had established a workshop in the late 1820s, was a highly successful manufacturer of timepieces in the neo-rococo style.

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Clocks keep good time... and value

06 September 2021

Stations, signal boxes and offices all depended on accurate timekeepers and just about every Victorian railway company commissioned clocks.

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Clocks: the six factors that determine value in the clock market

30 August 2021

Maker, movement, case decoration, provenance, rarity and original condition are the factors that combine to create value in the clock market. Here Richard Fox discusses some of the best examples recently sold at auction with the views of specialists at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams

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High-quality carriage clocks continue to be popular at auction

30 August 2021

A mid-19th century English giant carriage chronometer timepiece proved to be highly sought after at a recent Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale.

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Astronomical observation and royal connections lift European horology sales

30 August 2021

Regulators hold their own distinct appeal for collectors who like their aesthetic and are interested in their historic horological function as precision timepieces.

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Cambridgeshire dealer spots clock and table sleepers at auctions

30 August 2021

A rare early 18th century folding table and a William III clock were spotted at recent auctions by a Cambridgeshire dealer.

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Clock salvaged from German ship scuttled at Scapa Flow re-emerges at Sherborne auction

09 August 2021

On a single day in 1919 the Imperial German Navy achieved the impressive feat of sinking 52 vessels. Unfortunately, they were its own ships.

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Timekeepers from two centuries apart sell in Vienna auction

09 August 2021

Two very different timekeepers came up for sale at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on July 6-8.

Great Western Railway wall clock

Top-selling railway clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

06 August 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Great Western Railway wall clock from the 1880s that made over 17-times estimate in Hertfordshire.

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Mudge Green stands out in Taylor clock sale

28 June 2021

Highlights from the first tranche of the clock collection of Isle of Man entrepreneur and horologist Dr John C Taylor (b.1936) were offered for sale by dealership Carter Marsh in London last week.

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