Billed as one of “the very best produced by the Vulliamy workshop during the 1840s”, this monumental Gothic Revival clock by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 27.
Although the clock’s early history is unclear, the auction house added that the scale and quality of the workmanship indicate it was intended for an important client and location. Three painted roundels depicting landmarks in Greenwich suggest it may have been a private commission with links to Greenwich Hospital or a governmental commission.
It was reputedly removed from a private house in Greenwich for safekeeping in 1939, eventually finding its way into the possession of a judge. It then passed into another private collection where it has remained for the past 15 years.