A late 17th century ebony veneered table clock with pull quarter repeat Joseph Knibb, London
Lot 105*
A late 17th century ebony veneered table clock with pull quarter repeat
Joseph Knibb, London
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 51,000 - 76,000

Fine Clocks

29 Jun 2017, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A late 17th century ebony veneered table clock with pull quarter repeat Joseph Knibb, London A late 17th century ebony veneered table clock with pull quarter repeat Joseph Knibb, London
A late 17th century ebony veneered table clock with pull quarter repeat
Joseph Knibb, London
The phase III case with tied bud handle over the caddy with applied foliate scroll mounts, the sides with glazed apertures, the front door with foliate sound fret to the upper rail and characteristic winged mask escutcheons, raised on the shallow moulded base and later block feet, the signed 6.25 inch brass dial with cherub mask spandrels, not strike/strike above XII, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half hour markers, the matted centre with finely worked blued steel hands, signed 'Joseph Knibb, London' to the lower edge, the two train fusee movement with verge escapement, rack strike on a characteristic square sided bell and pull quarter repeat activated by the pivoted steel bar protruding through the backplate, from it are suspended three counterweighted detents striking two vertically mounted bells and a third mounted on the side of the movement, the plates united by eight knopped and finned pillars, the backplate engraved with symmetrical flowers and foliage forming the signature cartouche, signed 'Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit', the movement secured to the case by two turnbuckles behind the dial and two pins in the seatboard. 34.5cm (13.5in)

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 Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1689 and is well recorded in the Company's accounts until 1697 when he retired to Hanslop. He died in December 1711.
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