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Josephus Quash, London
A MAGNIFICENT OVER-SIZED GILT-METAL ASTRONOMICAL WATCH WITH ROCK CRYSTAL SCALLOP-FORM CASE CIRCA 1665
Estimate
42,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Josephus Quash, London
A MAGNIFICENT OVER-SIZED GILT-METAL ASTRONOMICAL WATCH WITH ROCK CRYSTAL SCALLOP-FORM CASE CIRCA 1665
Estimate
42,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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Josephus Quash, London
A MAGNIFICENT OVER-SIZED GILT-METAL ASTRONOMICAL WATCH WITH ROCK CRYSTAL SCALLOP-FORM CASE CIRCA 1665
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and floral engraved silver screwed-on balance cock, plain flat steel balance, worm and wheel set-up, fusee and gut line, unusual silver fluted baluster pillars, signed Josephus Quash, Londini
Dial:gilded with stippled ground, upper dial with central revolving disc indicating the date via a blued steel bug, turned blued steel hand indicating month with corresponding signs of the Zodiac and dates in each month upon which the signs of the Zodiac commence and end according to the Julian calendar, lower dial with Roman numerals and quarter hour divisions, turned blued steel fluorite hand, fan-form aperture indicating days of the week with corresponding allegorical figures, three apertures to the right for moon-phases with time of moon rise below and moon age above
Case: rock crystal scallop-form with radiating facets, engraved gilt-metal mounts, fluorite pendant, substantial turned terminal to base
52 mm. diameter
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Catalogue Note

With a large and impressive rock crystal case, this watch also has a complex and skilfully arranged astronomical dial. The uppermost dial consists of a central revolving disc with four concentric rings and a fixed fifth outer ring. The inner two rings indicate the dates in each month on which the signs of the Zodiac commence and end according to the Julian calendar, with the signs on the ring next to those dates. Both are read, together with the months shown in the third ring, against the central hand. The date is indicated via a bug mounted to the edge of the month disc. To the lower dial, a single hand indicates the hours on the Roman numeral chapter ring. The fan form aperture to the left shows the days of the week with the corresponding allegorical figure, whilst all three apertures to the right relate to the moon - the circular aperture being the moon-phases, with windows directly above and below for moon age and time of moon rise.  

Astronomical dials of near identical design and layout to the present piece may be found on watches signed by other eminent 17th Century makers including Benjamin Hill – an example by the latter was formerly in the collection of George Daniels (see: Sotheby’s: The George Daniels Horological Collection, 6 November 2012, lot 43 & The English Watch Part IV, 6 July 2017, lot 3).

Britten notes that Joseph Quash was born in circa 1623 and apprenticed to George Smith through Oswald Durrant on 11 October, 1637. He was made Free of the Clockmakers’ Company on 4 May, 1646. In his book The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain (NAG Press 1981, p. 452), Brian Loomes notes that Quash bound several apprentices for other masters including Ahasuerus Fromanteel, David Bouquet and Robert Grinkin. Quash was working in London’s Blackfriars in 1662 and served as the Steward of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1674 [see op. cit.].

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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