Clocks & Barometers


Sotheby’s Clocks & Barometers Department offers a vast range of mechanical clocks from their earliest beginnings in the 14th century through the late 16th century (often considered the golden age of clockmaking), to the late 18th century.

Both English and Continental clocks from this period are highly sought-after items, with English makers such as Edward East, the Knibb family, Thomas Tompion, George Graham, Henry Jones, Benjamin Gray, Thomas Mudge, William Dutton and the Vulliamy family being particularly well-regarded. Occasionally, the department offers rare or unusual clocks from the later 19th or 20th centuries.

Clocks are sold in London as part of our Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts sales in May and November, and as part of our Important Furniture & Decorative Arts sales in July and December.

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