JOSEPH KNIBB | A WALNUT MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK, LONDON, CIRCA 1675 AND LATER, MOVEMENT AND CASE ASSOCIATED
Property from the John Murray Collection
A WALNUT MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK, LONDON, CIRCA 1675 AND LATER, MOVEMENT AND CASE ASSOCIATED
10½-inch dial the corners finely engraved with tulips and foliage, signed along the lower edge Joseph Knibb Londini fecit, finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the movement with six knopped and ringed pillars, anchor escapement with bolt and shutter maintaining power, five wheel trains, external locking plate striking on a bell, the pendulum with wing nut regulation to the top of the suspension spring and attached by a hook below the crutch, further wing nut to the pendulum rod, the associated case with flat top moulded cornice and spiral pilasters to the rising hood with spoon locking, rectangular trunk door with glazed lenticle, crossbanded plinth, the whole case substantially re-built
194cm. 6ft. 4½in. high
PROPECTIVE PURCHASERS SHOULD INSPECT IN PERSON. Dial in good condition, good original hands, silvering rubbed. Movement is complete and appears top retain the original wheel work throughout but is extremely dirty and will require complete service and overhaul, seat board replaced. Case is substantially re-built/re-constructed using some old elements and has old marks and scuffs throughout. With pendulum and two brass-cased weights but no winder or 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."
Joseph Knibb, the most famous and inventive member of the celebrated Knibb clockmaking family was born circa 1640; he was apprenticed to his cousin Samuel in about 1655 and after serving seven years worked first at Oxford and then moved to London in 1670 where he was made Free of the Clockmakers’ Company. He must soon have built up a good reputation for himself as it is recorded that he supplied a turret clock for Windsor Castle in 1677 and payments were made to him in 1682 on behalf of King Charles II.
Towards the end of the 17th century Joseph Knibb moved to Hanslop in Buckinghamshire. A few clocks with the Hanslop address are known but by the early years of the 18th century Knibb had virtually retired; he died in December 1711.