Lot 1
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A George II red-japanned quarter repeating table timepiece, circa 1750

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • Oak, brass, steel
  • 48.5cm.; 19in. high
6½-inch dial with calendar and mock-pendulum apertures, leaf scroll spandrels and signed on a silvered disc in the arch John Roberts, Norwich, the similarly signed fusee movement with later anchor escapement and repeating the quarters and the hours on four bells, the backplate engraved with leaf scrolls, the inverted bell-top case decorated with gilt chinoiseries on a red ground with a carrying handle, leaf frets and raised on bracket feet,


Dial in generally good condition, good original hands. Movement is complete and looks as though it would run but would benefit from a clean, later conversion to anchor escapement. Case in generally good condition, some old repairs to cracks and other restorations. Decoration in good condition and has probably been refreshed. With pendulum, winder and case key.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

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Catalogue Note

John Roberts is recorded as working 'near the Guildhall in Market Place', Norwich in 1751.