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Exhibit № 20. Jacques Hory, St Germain, Paris, Circa 1675

Exhibit № 20. Jacques Hory, St Germain, Paris, Circa 1675

A good Louis XIV walnut and ebonised spring-driven striking wall clock with fine carved cresting

£12,000


Height

13¼ inches (336 mm)

Case

The carcass veneered in tight-grained walnut, the glazed dial door flanked by gilt capped ebonised Tuscan pilasters on integral plinths, the sides with full-height glazed panels, the moulded cornice surmounted by a superbly executed three-sided carved scroll cresting of Knibb pattern centred by a winged cherub to the front, the moulded, shallow plinth base raised on turned brass feet.

Dial

Gilt brass 6 inch (152 mm) rectangular dial plate with matted centre, eccentric winding aperture by VI/VII and central date aperture below VI, silvered brass Roman chapter ring with Arabic 5-minute numerals within the minute track and trident half-hour marks, pierced blued steel hands of Knibb pattern, and gilt brass winged cherub spandrels.

Movement

Of typical French pattern, the tandem going/striking spring-barrel and verge escapement within rectangular plates, the four pillars pinned on the backplate signed along its base Jacques Hory, A/Paris, St Germain and with external countwheel, its blued steel detent with similar, bowed spring engaging with its sculpted, curved tail.

Duration

30 hour

Provenance

The RA Lee Collection, 2000, until sold for £10,000;
John C Taylor Collection, inventory no.58

Literature

Antiquarian Horology, December 2002, John C Taylor, ‘Joseph Knibb’s first Grande Sonnerie Clock?’ p.198-201, (illus.) fig.2 and 3

Escapement

Verge with silk-suspended short pendulum

Strike Type

Large external hour countwheel with locking lever U-spring

This clock came from the personal collection of Ronald Lee, and it was the renowned Knibb author that first highlighted the similarities of elements of this Paris clock case, dial and hands to the output of the Knibb family, which was re-iterated by John C Taylor in his article for Antiquarian Horology in 2002.

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Product Description

This clock came from the personal collection of Ronald Lee, and it was the renowned Knibb author that first highlighted the similarities of elements of this Paris clock case, dial and hands to the output of the Knibb family, which was re-iterated by John C Taylor in his article for Antiquarian Horology in 2002.

Additional information

Dimensions 5827373 cm