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Joseph Knibb. A Charles II ebony Roman striking three-month longcase clock, London, circa 1680

Property of a Private American Collector

Joseph Knibb. A Charles II ebony Roman striking three-month longcase clock, London, circa 1680

Joseph Knibb. A Charles II ebony Roman striking three-month longcase clock, London, circa 1680

Property of a Private American Collector

Joseph Knibb. A Charles II ebony Roman striking three-month longcase clock, London, circa 1680


10½-inch latched dial with winged cherub and leaf scroll spandrels linked by tulip engraving, signed along the lower edge Joseph Knibb, London, the replaced silvered chapter ring (formerly skeletonised) with every minute numbered and engraved IV for the fourth numeral, finely matted centre, the movement with six latched, knopped and ringed pillars, arched plates, replaced anchor escapement with regulation adjustment to the suspension, 1¼-second pendulum with lenticular bob and Knibb's thumb screw regulation, reversed five wheel trains, small external locking plate cut for Roman notation and striking on two bells, the case with shallow-domed cresting and three brass finials, scroll frieze fret and brass-capped pilasters to the rising hood, the trunk with long panelled door and panelled sides, the plain plinth on later brass bun feet

212cm 6ft 11½in high overall

Fully restored by R A Lee. Dial has matting beneath the chapter ring and holes for the feet of a skeletonised chapter ring, the current chapter ring is early and may be from Knibb’s workshops, spandrels also replaced, otherwise good. Movement is complete and looks as though it would run but may benefit from a clean and fresh oil, replaced anchor escapement and back cock, replaced suspension block and movement supporting brackets, replaced locking plate cut for Roman notation, bells replaced. Case has replaced finials and feet and replaced frieze fret to the hood, old cracks to the veneers throughout and some minor scuffs and marks but otherwise in good condition. With replaced 1¼ second pendulum, 2 brass cased weights, winder and door key.


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Please note that the pendulum for this lot has been bent in transit, which will be rectified by Sotheby’s after discussion with the purchaser.
The collection of Simon Sainsbury, acquired from Ronald A Lee on 5th September 1968.
Sold Christie's London, 18th June 2008, lot 179