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Thomas Tompion
AN EBONY QUARTER REPEATING TABLE CLOCK, NO. 287, LONDON, CIRCA 1697
Lot. Vendu 301,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Thomas Tompion
AN EBONY QUARTER REPEATING TABLE CLOCK, NO. 287, LONDON, CIRCA 1697
Lot. Vendu 301,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Thomas Tompion
AN EBONY QUARTER REPEATING TABLE CLOCK, NO. 287, LONDON, CIRCA 1697
7 x 8-inch latched dial with double-screwed cherub mask and leaf scroll spandrels, the finely matted centre with mock pendulum and date apertures, the date with pinhole adjustment, the upper corners with regulation and strike/not strike dials flanking the signature Tho. Tompion Londini Fecit, the double fusee bell striking movement with seven knopped and ring-turned latched pillars, reinstated verge escapement with rise and fall regulation, the backplate signed as the dial within an oval cartouche and numbered at the base 287, profusely engraved with flowers and foliate scrolls, mounted with inter-connected blued steel repeating levers, the similarly numbered front plate mounted with the unusual trip repeating work driven by the strike train and sounding a single blow on a small bell for each of the four quarters followed by the hour on a larger bell, the moulded case similarly numbered on the front door cill, with gilt-brass carrying handle to the domed top and gilt mounts to the front door; together with a very rare contemporary oak travelling case with iron fittings
Clock 39.5cm. 15¾in. high Travelling case 46cm. 18in. high
circa 1697
London
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Provenance

Anonymous sale in these rooms, 13th December 1963, Lot 86
R.A. Lee, 3rd January 1964, £2,350
Travelling case bought from R.A. Lee, 8th January 1969, £650
Christies, 5th December 1991, Lot 29
Private collection, Channel Islands
Richard Garnier, 9th September 2004

Description

Thomas Tompion, the most highly respected English clockmaker, was born at Ickwell Green, Bedfordshire in 1639. He moved to London and joined the Clockmakers' Company as a Free Brother in 1671. In 1674 he set up his workshop at the sign of  The Dial and Three Crowns in Water Street and shortly afterwards met Dr. Robert Hooke, the leading physicist and mathematician of his day. Through Dr. Hooke, Tompion came to the notice of Charles II and from this time held an unrivalled position in English horology. He devised a numbering system for his clocks and watches between 1680 and 1685 which was continued after his death by his successor George Graham. This clock, No. 287, has an unusual form of quarter repeating and has been married with a very rare contemporary oak travelling case of such good fit that it could almost have been made for it.

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