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.


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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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Dealer offers 'more glamorous' Tompion table clock

14 June 2021

While the Taylor collection is this summer’s horological focus – “a once in a generation event” is how one dealer described it – plenty of other purchasing opportunities are available for enthusiasts of the best in early English clockmaking.

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Joseph Knibb: the pinnacle of technology

14 June 2021

The first clocks represented the pinnacle of English technology and often lead the way in fashion.

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Daniel Quare walnut longcase on show at Howard Walwyn

14 June 2021

This walnut longcase, c.1710, by Daniel Quare (1648/49-1724) with a month duration movement is priced at £95,000 by Howard Walwyn.

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One of only five Thomas Tompion Phase I clocks consigned to Bonhams

14 June 2021

A fine late 17th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table timepiece by the father of English clockmaking, Thomas Tompion, leads Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale in London on June 22.

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John Ebsworth table clock emerges at London dealer

14 June 2021

John Ebsworth was in the first rank of early makers who were working during the last quarter of the 17th century.

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Thomas Cole tripod clock: a birthday present to a marquess

14 June 2021

This Victorian gilt-brass month-going tripod clock by Thomas Cole is engraved with a dedication dated July 6, 1861, from the Marchioness of Anglesey as a birthday present to her husband, the 2nd Marquess of Anglesey.

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Clocks & watches: Taylor made collection comes for sale

14 June 2021

The first tranche of one of the finest English clock collections in private hands comes for sale in London and Winchester this summer

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