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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Early lantern clock shines through the dust to spark saleroom excitement

09 March 2020

Battered and dust-engrained when found in a basement during a Lake District house clearance, an early unsigned brass lantern clock generated great excitement at Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s (18% buyer’s premium).

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Decorative furniture and lighting in flamboyant style forms core of single collection

02 March 2020

“A fabulous example of how an auctioneer can sell these collections so successfully outside of London,” said Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) managing director Jonathan Pratt in the wake of Donnington Priory’s latest auction of European furniture and works of art.

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No sex please – we’re British (clockmakers)

17 February 2020

Fancy committing to abstaining from “gaming, drinking, fornication” for a whole seven years?

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ATG letter: Handley & Moore missing since 1984

17 February 2020

MADAM – Reading about the unfortunate theft of a Handley & Moore bracket clock from the shop of Patrick Sandberg on Kensington Church Street on February 3 (ATG No 2429) reminded me of the clock (pictured below) that had sadly been stolen from my parents’ home in Burford, Oxfordshire, in 1984.

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Appeal to trade to help find Regency clock stolen from Kensington antiques dealer

04 February 2020

An early 19th century mahogany bracket clock has been stolen from the shop of dealer Patrick Sandberg on Kensington Church Street.

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English Golden Age longcase clock fails to meet great expectations

03 February 2020

Falling short of ambitious hopes but leading the day at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) first sale of 2020 was a fine English Golden Age longcase clock.

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Cartier desk clock collection at Bonhams shows evolution of design

27 January 2020

John Benjamin reviews the sale of an exceptional collection of desk clocks and Cartier jewels at Bonhams.

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Black Forest clock hunted down

20 January 2020

This ‘Black Forest’ type clock on the theme of hunting is signed by Swiss master carver Johann Huggler of Brienz (1834-1912).

James McCabe carriage clock

Poole Pottery vase, Omega Seamaster watch and James McCabe carriage clock – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

10 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Poole pottery vase that made 17-times estimate and a Victorian carriage clock by James McCabe that sold above predictions.

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Chinese clock winds up in Sussex - plus a round up of the latest auction results for clocks across the UK

23 December 2019

Guangzhou bracket example leads a selection of stand-out timepieces sold in the regions.

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Seasonal good cheer for BADA specialists after strong sales

16 December 2019

Two leading BADA members have reported strong sales to close out the year.

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Thames boat club calls on trade to help find boathouse clock

21 November 2019

The memorial clock on the outside of the boathouse of the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton has been stolen and members have appealed to the antiques trade to help find it.

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Wolley winds up to £4800

18 November 2019

Most regionally made Georgian oak longcase clocks can now be bought for under £500 but this example is by a highly regarded and collectable maker: John Wolley or Woolley (c.1738-95) of Codnor, Derbyshire.

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Eclectic clocks chime with bidders

11 November 2019

Array of styles from traditional and electrical to atmospheric attracts Continental interest,

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And here’s to you, Francis Robinson

11 November 2019

Among the top-priced clocks sold in October was a rare late-17th/early-18th century musical bracket clock by Francis Robinson of London.

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Dial in for clocks by great makers at Kensington exhibition

04 November 2019

Dealer marks 25 years on Kensington Church Street with an exhibition of English big names

Francis Robinson bracket clock

Queen Anne bracket clock, Godwin table and Roman glass bowls – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

01 November 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Queen Anne bracket clock made by Francis Robinson that more than doubled estimate.

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Hands of history for Nelson memorabilia collectors

28 October 2019

The great appeal of an otherwise typical early 19th century longcase offered for sale on September 12 by Malvern auctioneer Philip Serrell was its painted dial.

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Timely look at the clocks market

28 October 2019

Latest sales give a snapshot of what collectors are looking for amid different styles and eras

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Pendulum pioneers

07 October 2019

In 1657, the 10-year-old Dutch orphan Christiaan Reijnaert was apprenticed to clockmaker Salomon Coster in The Hague. It was a momentous time for Coster: he is credited with building the first pendulum clock, incorporating the invention by Christian Huygens.

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