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Fromanteel & Clarke
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Fromanteel & Clarke
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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Fromanteel & Clarke
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
• Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock with birds, foliage and flowers, flat three-arm balance with spring, fusee and chain, Egyptian pillars, signed Fromanteel & Clarke
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals with half-hour divisions between and to the ring beneath, outer Arabic minute ring, aperture for the date at 6 o'clock, outer gilded ring, tulip and poker hands, the centre pierced, chased and engraved with flowers and foliage, a grotesque head and a bird at 12 o'clock, a feeding squirrel at 3 o'clock, signed Fromanteel & Clarke
Cases: plain polished silver inner case with winding aperture, plain polished silver outer case with squared hinge and deep chamfer to the bezel • case maker's mark ID with coronet above (probably James or John Delander) 
diameter of outer case 57 mm, inner case 48 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 153, pl. 80

Catalogue Note

This handsome watch has a highly unusual pierced, chased and engraved centre to the silver champlevé dial. Beneath 12 o’clock, the grotesque head of a beast in profile appears to be on the point of swallowing a bird. Amongst the scrolling foliage, a charming squirrel can be seen feeding at 3 o’clock, whilst two banners above and below carry the names of the makers. 

Ahasuerus Fromanteel the Younger and Christopher Clarke began a partnership circa 1680 to form the firm of Fromanteel & Clarke.  Fromanteel came from a family of distinguished watch and clockmakers, and worked in both London and Amsterdam.  He earned his Freedom from the Clockmakers’ Company in 1672.  Clarke, a British ex-patriate who resided in Amsterdam, married Fromanteel's daughter in 1694. Clocks and watches signed ‘Fromanteel & Clarke’ were often manufactured in Amsterdam, and sold both there and in London.  Their partnership ended in 1703 when Fromanteel  died, Clarke continued to work, joining a partnership with Fromanteel's younger brother, Abraham.

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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London