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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Revived auction house Hutchinson Scott powers forward

18 February 2019

After re-booting the moribund firm of Hutchinson Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in 2016, former dealers Michael Scott and Paul Hodson have now bought their premises at Embsay Mill at Skipton.

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George IV carriage clock made by James Murray sells over 10-times estimate McTear’s

18 February 2019

Given a surprising £200-300 estimate, a George IV brass and glass carriage clock was one of the stars of McTear’s (23% buyer’s premium) Glasgow sale on February 1.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

18 February 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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French mantel clock set to chime in Pennsylvania

04 February 2019

Included in Cordier Auctions’ large mixed-discipline sale to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on February 9 will be a group of four clocks that once came from the Chicago dealer Lee Benkendorf.

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Moon-case clock set to shine at Galloway Antiques Fair

04 February 2019

An eight-day arched brass dial rolling moon-case clock, c.1750, is on offer for £3350 from Lancaster House Antiques at the next Galloway Antiques Fair at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

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Lantern clocks illuminate Essex auction

04 February 2019

The names of two 17th century makers took these two lantern clocks way above estimates at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Stansted Mountitchet. Both were from the Barbara Holliday collection that majored on Modern British art (see Art Market, ATG No 2377).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

21 January 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Obituary: Edward Burd (1938-2018)

14 January 2019

Edward Burd, who died in October, was a well-known dealer in English dial and wall clocks who was active on the provincial English antiques fair circuit.

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Quare takes £30,000 in west London and other clock highlights in recent auctions

14 January 2019

Topping a number of good pre-Christmas clock sales was a rare table/bracket clock, among the last made by London ‘Golden Age’ name Daniel Quare (1649-1724) with Stephen Horseman, who became his partner at the Exchange Alley workshop in 1721.

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Payne chimes in taste

19 November 2018

By contrast to electrical rarities offered in Wiltshire also covered in this week's hammer highlights, the type of mid-19th century library clock shown below is probably the most popular item in the current horology market.

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Electric and eclectic lots tick the auction boxes

19 November 2018

Although ubiquitous for much of the 20th century, electrical masterclocks regulating other timepieces in schools, hospitals, government buildings and factories are as yet among the least researched aspects of horology.

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Musical bracket clock offered at latest horological auction in Massachusetts

12 November 2018

Fontaine’s in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is holding one of its periodic horological auctions on November 17.

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The timely record for punning Lutyens clock

29 October 2018

Included in the Important Design sale at Phillips in London on October 18 was an unusual mantel clock designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869- 1944).

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Tompion strikes a £200,000 note in Staffordshire

22 October 2018

A portable table clock by Thomas Tompion sold for a top-estimate £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) as part of a mixed-owner sale conducted by Hansons at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Anthony Woodburn (1944-2018) – an appreciation by Howard Walwyn

08 October 2018

Anthony Woodburn, who has just died after a long and very brave struggle against myelodysplasia, was the leading dealer in English period antique clocks for the last 40 years.

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Devil’s hour in West Sussex

10 September 2018

One of the more unusual clocks on offer this summer was the late 19th century French ‘devil band’ mantel clock that attracted international bidding at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

Selby Lowndes table clock

Bonhams times exhibition to celebrate golden age of English watches and clocks

29 August 2018

Two private collectors have teamed up to unveil an exhibition of early English watches and clocks at auction house Bonhams.

Great Western Railway brass cased drum clock

Full steam ahead: 5 pieces of railwayana available at auction this week

15 August 2018

Railway-related items remain one of the staples of the collectables market, with rarity and links to locomotive history among the key factors determining demand. Here ATG selects a small group of items from the healthy supply of lots on offer at two auctions taking place this week.

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Trade buyers shine in a heatwave

13 August 2018

Private bidders were overtaken as dealers found warmth in the best traditional furniture and chattels offered at auction.

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Bamberg boom time as visitors flock to German festival

23 July 2018

Over 20 years ago, leading art and antiques dealers in the picturesque Bavarian city of Bamberg came up with the idea of holding a coordinated summer sales exhibition.

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