AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
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AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD
Lot sold:30,240USD
(5 bids, reserve met)

Description

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780


in the form of a large bull standing on a rectangular base, mounted with metal garlands of pink and clear glass beads around the dial, and metal rosettes of pink and clear glass beads in the corners of the base; the pierced sides of the base, rear door and hood backed with later pink silk; the quarter chiming movement engraved Tim Williamson London, double fusee rear setting with anchor recoil escapement; face with seconds hand

height 23 in.; width 12 ½ in.; depth 5 ½ in.

58.5 cm; 31.75 cm; 14 cm

Condition Report

Rubbing, marks, oxidation and discolouration to gilding as it appears in photographs; a few minor scratches and marks to the enamel dial and glass lunette; one corner rosette on the bass lacking (lower corner of proper right side) and losses to the glass beads, including on one entire rosette on the back. Some losses to the blind trellis-work and one applied laurel garland on the sides of the movement case with a few small holes present; one laurel garland with area of disclouration and two displaced and re-attached with modern screws; vase finial slightly tilted; very slight warping to pierced trellis sides of base. Please note that Sotheby’s does not guarantee clock movements.


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Provenance

Pelham Galleries, London, 1996

Catalogue Note

Timothy Williamson is recorded working in London from 1768-1788, first in Fleet Street and later Great Russell Street, and was a noted maker of watches and musical clocks. Like his contemporary James Cox he specialized in supplying clocks and automata for export to the Ottoman and Chinese Empires, and like Cox may have been more a goldsmith rather than an horologist by training. His mechanics may have been supplied by other clockmakers such as William Hughes in High Holborn.


Numerous musical clocks by Williamson were sent to the Chinese Emperor and are today in the Beijing Palace Musem. Five examples of these are illustrated in National Palace Museum, ed., Palace Museum Clocks, Beijing: The Forbidden Palace Publishing House, 2004, pp.117, 123, 150, 158 and 160. His masterpiece is the spectacular pagoda-from automaton clock, also in the Palace Museum, produced in collaboration with the Swiss Jacquet-Droz family, which incorporates a Chinese calligrapher in 18th-century European dress writing a scroll in Chinese characters.


As the ox is one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, it is possible this clock was produced in connection with the Chinese New Year. During Williamson's documented period of activity, years of the ox fell in 1769 and 1781.

AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
AN ENGLISH GEORGE III GILT BRONZE MANTLE CLOCK BY TIMOTHY WILLIAMSON, LONDON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1780
Lot Closed