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A George III mahogany tavern timepiece, Monkhouse, Carlisle, circa 1790

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A George III mahogany tavern timepiece, Monkhouse, Carlisle, circa 1790

A George III mahogany tavern timepiece, Monkhouse, Carlisle, circa 1790

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,780

GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A George III mahogany tavern timepiece, Monkhouse, Carlisle, circa 1790


13½-inch silvered dial with subsidiary seconds dial, signed Monkhouse, Carlisle, the movement with tapered plates, knopped pillars, anchor escapement with Harrison's maintaining power, high count train, the separately suspended seconds pendulum with unusual rod and weight compensation, the case with drum hood and tear-drop trunk inlaid with stringing and paterae

128cm high

Dial in good condition.

Movement is complete and looks as though it would run but may benefit from a clean and fresh oil.

Case in generally good original condition with old scuffs and marks throughout. With pendulum, two lead weights, winder and 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."

It is not easy to establish the exact maker of this interesting tavern timepiece as there appears to have been a Monkhouse dynasty of clockmakers in Carlisle. Those most likely to have been involved with this particular timepiece are James Monkhouse, who is recorded as working between circa 1750 and his death in 1793, and his son, also James, who died in 1827. This might explain the lack of forename in the signature.

The temperature compensation to the pendulum rod is most unusual and involves a second similar rod, tensioned by a weight and designed to directly compensate for fluctuations in pendulum pength due to changes in temperature.