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Thomas Tompion: A small walnut 30-hour wall clock, London, circa 1700

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Thomas Tompion: A small walnut 30-hour wall clock, London, circa 1700

Thomas Tompion: A small walnut 30-hour wall clock, London, circa 1700

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

27,720

GBP

Thomas Tompion: A small walnut 30-hour wall clock, London, circa 1700


7-inch dial with winged cherub spandrels, signed along the lower edge Tho: Tompion, Londini Fecit, matted centre, steel hands possibly replaced, the posted movement with verge escapement and external locking plate striking on a bell, the frame with turned and slightly tapered pillars, the case with rising hood, moulded top with carved arched cresting, the bracket with later supports

41cm. 16in high

Dial in generally good condition though rather dirty and silvering to chapter ring is rubbed and tarnished, hands are later replacements. Movement is very dirty but is complete and appears to retain the original wheelwork, front and rear verge brackets have been bent to adjust wear in the escapement, otherwise generally good. Case has damage to upper left moulding of hood but we have the piece, cracks and old repair to lower front rail of hood, small piece of veen missing from lower left corner, bracket has hoops and slot for hood locking, the bracket supports appear to have been replaced, case is generally rather dirty and with old scuffs, marks and faults throughout. With lead weight


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This small domestic 30-hour wall clock is previously un-recorded and some comparisons can be made with No.419 as illustrated and decribed in Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 Years, 2013, pp. 544-45. It was previously thought that only two of Tompion's hooded wall clocks, 392 and 419 had survived and although un-numbered, this clock can be added to that list.


Thomas Tompion, the most highly respected English clockmaker, was born at Ickwell Green, Bedfordshire in 1639. He moved to London and joined the Clockmakers' Company as a Free Brother in 1671. In 1674 he set up his workshop at the Dial and Three Crowns in Water Street and shortly afterwards met Dr Robert Hooke, the leading physicist and Mathematician of the day. Through Dr Hooke, Tompion came to the notice of King Charles II and from this time held an unrivalled position in English horology.


Sotheby's would like to thank Jeremy Evans for his help in cataloguing this clock.