Lot 11
  • 11

A Charles II walnut marquetry month-going longcase clock, John Norcott, London, circa 1685

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • signed on the dial plate Johannes Norcott Londini,
  • Walnut, boxwood, etc, brass, steel, glass
  • 216cm. 7ft. 6in. high
11-inch dial with floral winged cherub spandrels, signed along the lower edge Johannes Norcott Londini, skeletonised chapter ring, finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the movement with five latched, knopped and ringed pillars, reversed five wheel trains, anchor escapement with bolt and shutter maintaining power, small external locking plate striking on a bell, the case with flat top moulded cornice and carved cresting with brass finial, pierced frieze fret and spiral hood pilasters to the rising hood, the rectangular trunk door with lenticle and inlaid with panels of finely drawn bird and flower marquetry, the sides divided into panels with boxwood stringing, the similarly inlaid plinth on ebonised bun feet


Anthony Woodburn at Grosvenor House Fair 1989

Catalogue Note

John Norcott paid quarterage to the Clockmakers' Company from 1672 but was not admitted as a Freeman until 1681. His work is always of fine quality and he was one of very few late 17th century makers to have supplied clocks with skeletonised chapter rings. This elegant refinement was very much more expensive and complicated to produce than a conventional dial and chapter ring and was occasionally used by the important maker Joseph Knibb on some of his finest clocks. It is very rarely seen on clocks by other makers.

An almost identical dial on another month-going clock by Norcott but in a plain walnut case was sold by Bonhams, London, 13th December 2005, Lot 153; and again by Christies, London, 25th March 2010, Lot 82.