Joseph Knibb London. A fine and rare Charles II striking and repeating bracket clock.
A superbly presented twin fusee striking bracket clock with pull quarter repeat by this highly prized member of the Knibb Family of Clockmakers. The two train movement with single screwed foot to the knife edge suspension and verge escapement. Having Tulip engraved floral backplate being signed to a sweeping arc, Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit. Having exposed ‘S’ shaped steel bell standards for the large hour bell and smaller quarter repeat bell with circular turns to the rear of the dial. The slender plates with 5 turned baluster pillars being latched to the front plate. Having internal hour and quarter racks. The finely matted gilt brass dial with applied chased and gilded cherub spandrels, having silvered engraved brass chapter ring with finely pierced and faceted blued steel hands. The dial plate signed to the lower edge, Joseph Knibb London, having strike silent lever above XII. The ebony veneered case with typical gilt Knibb mounts to the caddy top with foliot tied Knibb handle and finials, having replaced pierced sound fret to the glazed front door with typical Knibb ‘S’ escutcheons. Having glazed sides and rear door. This is a very fine example of Joseph Knibb’s work which has survived in a good state of preservation.
Provenance. Sold Sotheby’s London December 1966. From a Continental Collector.
Comparative information see, The Knibb Family Clockmakers by RA Lee pages 87 and 130