The John C Taylor Collection

‘An Inventor’s Passion for Time

We are enormously excited and hugely privileged to be selling the most important private collection of English clocks ever to come on the market in the UK – to be sold over several catalogued selling exhibitions from our Winchester premises.

Many of you will know Dr Taylor, or will have heard of his ubiquitous kettle and motor switches – in fact, it is highly likely you are using one of his inventions daily. John’s horological passions have never been confined to a single area; innovation and quality has governed every acquisition, with many of the items needing little introduction, as their significance is both recognised and well documented.

The John C Taylor Collection – Part I

First Selling Exhibition Catalogue

The fully illustrated 240 page exhibition catalogue is available as a pdf here – while each individual exhibit, with images and some videos, can be viewed above within JCT Part I. The printed catalogue is available on request for £35.

John’s collection has a cross section of extraordinary and interesting items, reading like a Who’s Who of English clock and watchmaking, and ranging from iconic examples by Fromanteel, East, Tompion and Graham, through to outstanding works by, amongst others, Knibb, Jones, Quare, Mudge and Earnshaw – with prices ranging from £3,000 to £3,500,000.

We will be opening initially at 26 Bruton St, Mayfair for one week only, by kind courtesy of Simon Phillips of the English furniture specialists, Ronald Phillips Ltd – showing Highlight exhibits from the Part I catalogue, together with some additional items to be sold later. Followed by the full Part I exhibition in July, back home in Winchester.

Forthcoming Selling Exhibitions:

  • Wed 23rd June to Wed 30th June 2021: ‘Highlights from The John C Taylor Collection’ at Ronald Phillips Ltd. 26 Bruton St. W1 – opening times: 10am to 6pm, every day
  • Sat 3rd July to Sat 24th July 2021: ‘The John C Taylor Collection – Part I’ at 32A The Square, Winchester – opening times: 10am to 5pm, every day except Sundays

“Perhaps Sotheby’s and Christie’s could learn something from Carter Marsh & Co.”  Scott Reyburn, International New York Times