A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London
Lot 102
A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration
Joseph Knibb, London
£70,000 - 100,000
US$ 94,000 - 130,000

Fine Clocks

13 Dec 2017, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration Joseph Knibb, London
A fine and rare late 17th century walnut longcase clock with ten inch dial and of one month duration
Joseph Knibb, London
The rising hood surmounted by a shallow capped caddy and three turned wooden finals over a typical Knibb style sound fret and cornice raised on spirally twisted three-quarter columns to the front and quarter-columns to the rear, the trunk with convex throat moulding over a 44 inch long door with high lock position, veneered in panels of lively burr walnut of a particularly good colour, on a panel base and squat bun feet the ten inch square brass dial singed along the lower edge Joseph Knibb, Londini fecit within the engraved stylised wheatear border, framed by small winged cherubs head spandrels, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with trident half hour marks, the finely matted centre with good blued steel hands and chamfered date aperture below XII, the weight driven movement united by five knopped and ringed pillars latched to the frontplate, with five wheel trains to both going and striking, the former terminating in a delicate anchor escapement, the pallet arbor with elongated cock over the commensurate aperture cut into the backplate, to a long pendulum with butterfly nut to the brass-faced bob, with two weights, the strike train with small countwheel set to the backplate with outside detent, striking on a bell 213cms (7ft) high.

Footnotes

  • Joseph Knibb was born in 1640. It is assumed that he served his apprenticeship under his cousin Samuel Knibb in Newport Pagnell from 1655 to 1662. He began his independent career working just outside the City of Oxford, but by the mid 1660s had moved within its jurisdiction. There was some initial resentment to his becoming Free of the City and it was only through the support of the University, where he matriculated as a gardener, that he was granted Freedom in 1678 on payment of a fine of 20 nobles and a leather bucket.

    In 1670 Joseph moved to London, this was the same year that his past Master, Samuel who had moved to the capital in 1662, died, and it was natural that Joseph should carry on the family firm. At this time of the very early years of the pendulum clock, London provided a wonderful opportunity for an ambitious young man with an inventive horological brain. By 1677 he had earned such a reputation that he was commissioned to supply a turret clock for Windsor Castle. More royal work followed and in 1682 Knibb was paid for work carried out for Charles II. He took on nine apprentices, including John Drew in September 1676 and Brounker Watts in January 1684. He was Assistant to the Clockmakers Company in 1689 and is well recorded in the Company's accounts until 1697 when he retired to Hanslop. He died in December 1711.

    This particularly elegant example of his work is rare because of the combination of a longer duration movement coupled with a ten inch dial. A comparable example is illustrated in Lee; The Knibb Family Clockmakers, Manor House Press 1963, plate 34. Like the current example, this case has a low caddy top with three finials over a long door of vibrant veneer, and with a dial set with a date aperture below XII in place of the seconds ring.

    Provenance: A private UK collection.
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