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Timothy Williamson, London
A RARE, IMPRESSIVE AND LARGE PAIR CASED TWO-TRAIN GILT-METAL AND PASTE-SET QUARTER STRIKING CYLINDER COACH WATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS AND INDICATION FOR PHASES AND AGES OF THE MOON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1785, NO. 2780
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
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Timothy Williamson, London
A RARE, IMPRESSIVE AND LARGE PAIR CASED TWO-TRAIN GILT-METAL AND PASTE-SET QUARTER STRIKING CYLINDER COACH WATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS AND INDICATION FOR PHASES AND AGES OF THE MOON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1785, NO. 2780
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Timothy Williamson, London
A RARE, IMPRESSIVE AND LARGE PAIR CASED TWO-TRAIN GILT-METAL AND PASTE-SET QUARTER STRIKING CYLINDER COACH WATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS AND INDICATION FOR PHASES AND AGES OF THE MOON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1785, NO. 2780
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with scrolling foliage, a mask at the neck, diamond endstone, broad engraved foot, fusee and chain for going train, cylindrical pillars, gilt-metal dust cap, movement and dust cap signed Timy. Williamson, London, No. 2780
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute/seconds ring calibrated for fifths, inner red Arabic ring for phases and ages of the moon, gold beetle and poker hands, gold hands for centre seconds and moon indication both with cross-ribbing and half-moon tails
Cases: gilt-metal inner, levers to the bezel at 11 o'clock for strike/silent and at 3 for adjustment of moon hand, decoratively pierced band engraved with scrolling foliage inhabited by birds' heads, the back engraved with a plant flowering around the winding apertures and surmounted by an eagle with outstretched wings, stirrup pendant and bow with chased leaf-form sides • gilt metal outer case, the paste-set bezels pierced with scrolling engraved decoration, the back centred with a flowering peony, outer case with maker's mark WC incuse for William Carpenter
diameter of outer case 139mm, inner case 121mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 15th October 2000, lot 394

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 292-293, pl. 180

Catalogue Note

This large and impressive quarter striking coach watch is typical of designs that were popular for export to the Chinese market, a market with which Williamson had prominent links. The outer case is engraved with a peony, a popular motif in China. Timothy Williamson was trained as a goldsmith and as Roger Smith has noted in an article for Antiquarian Horology [No. 5, Vol. 30, March 2008, p.643] although Williamson almost certainly organised the design and construction of his distinctive cases, the movements may well have been supplied by William Hughes with whom Williamson was closely associated.  A similar but considerably smaller watch by Timothy Williamson, No. 3371, was offered at Antiquroum Geneva, 15th October 2000, lot 397, the same auction in which the present watch was included.

Britten notes that Timothy Williamson was active from 1769-1788, first at the Strand and later at Great Russell Street.

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