An Exquisite Charles II Ebony And Silver Mounted Grande-Sonnerie Phase II Table Clock
The ebony veneered case is surmounted by a silver foliate tied handle with upturned leaf base plates above the cushion moulded top with fine quality silver foliate repousse mounts to the sides and front. The front door with cast silver winged cherub head escutcheons; the left escutcheon swivelling to reveal lock. The top rail inset with a pierced ebony sound fret.
6.5 inch square brass dial covered in black silk velvet and applied with a solid silver chapter ring with trident half hour markers, Roman hours and Arabic minutes with four silver winged cherub spandrels to the corners, the centre with silver beaded collars to the winding holes and date square below XII. The later sculpted silver hands with blued steel tip to the minute hand.
With ten latched baluster pillars, split front plate, knife-edge verge escapement and bob pendulum. The hour and quarter strike trains governed by two engraved countwheels linked by a trip lever to the backplate. The backplate is symmetrically engraved with tulips nd scrolling foliage and signed in the centre Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit.
The duration being of 8 days.
Provenance: Charles Harry St. John Hornby Esq. Shelley House, Chelsea, Circa 1900 Private collection U.K. Private collection U.S.A.
Literature: R.A. Lee, The Knibb Family Clockmakers, 1964 pp. 70 plates 77, 78, 79. Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Antique Collectors Club 1982. Sotheby’s 6 Nov 2012, The George Daniels Horological Collection, Lot 130.