The Connoisseur

1. Early Scientific Instruments 2. Imperial Vienna Porcelain

Catalogue no: 1260
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Henry B. Culver
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 11 Language(s): English Publication date: March, 1936
Editor: H. Granville Fell Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article covering Astrolabes, Armilliary spheres, Surveyors instruments, Gunner's level and also Portable Sundials. 4 portable sundials and a nocturnal are described and photographed as follows: 1. German ivory tablet dial and compass 2. Back of same tablet dial in the form of a book and showing wind rose and calendar 3. Pocket universal sundial by Baradelle, Paris, c. 1690 4. Silver pocket sundial (Butterfield style), Paris 5. German portable dial 6. Nocturnal, gilded and sliver plated bronze, embracing a miniature observatory, by M.T.Hagur, Arnstadt, c.1620.
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Clocks by Thomas Tompion in American Collections

Catalogue no: 1258
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Edward Wenham
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 9 Language(s): English Publication date: April, 1935
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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Before describing a number of Tompion clocks in America, the author argues that the interest in Tompion's work (and other great English clockmakers) now shown by American collectors began as a result of the sale of the Wetherfield Collection in 1928 when over 100 clocks were sold to Americans, 10 by Tompion. 8 Tompion clocks are described and illustrated. Photographs of Tompion clocks as follows: 1. Brass lantern clock, c.1675 1. Ebonised bracket clock with repeat, c.1705 3. Ebonised bracket clock, c.1700 4. Walnut longcase clock 5. Walnut longcase clock
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An Empire Clock by Lepaute

Catalogue no: 1259
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 1 Language(s): English Publication date: May, 1935
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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Part of the, "The Connoisseur in America" section of the magazine. Describes clock by Jean Joseph Lepaute in an exhibition devoted to the decorative arts, entered by Symons, Inc. A 14 day striking mantel skeleton clock, standing on a black marble base and supported by ormolu griffins by Thomire. Movement with pin wheel escapement and gridiron pendulum, dial with additional day/date and separate dial above for moon phase. Photograph of full front view of clock. Also, 2 advertisements with horological content as follows:
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Pocket and Pendant Calendars

Catalogue no: 1257
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Edmund Esdaile
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 10 Language(s): English Publication date: March, 1935
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article describing different examples of perpetual calendars in the Lewis Evans collection in the Old Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, from the 17th/18th centuries Photographs of 11 calendars as follows: 1. Snuff Box with Calendar by J.C.Schmid, Augsburg 2. Bottom of same Snuff Box inscribed months and days 3. Example by J.G.Doll, 1739. (top and bottom) 4. German Calendar, pierced gilt ornamentation. (top and bottom) 5. Dutch Silver Calendar, 1716. (top and bottom) 6. German made Calendar inscribed in English. (top and bottom) 7. Tablet Cover with Calendar by M. Mettlin. (both sides)
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An Elizabethan Clock

Catalogue no: 1256
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): F.H.Green
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: April, 1933
Editor: F. Gordon Roe Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An article on the famous musical chamber clock by Nicholas Vallin, subsequently acquired by Ilbert and now in the British Museum. The author relates how he acquired the clock in a rusty and derelict condition and had it restored. The clock movement is described. The hands on the clock as illustrated are 17th century longcase hands and not the hands now on the clock which were presumably made by Ilbert. The clock was exhibited at the recent (1933?) Elizabethan Exhibition and was televised by the B.B.C. The 2 photographs as follow: 1. Full front view of the clock, dial and hands
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1.Two Japanese Miniature Hanging Clocks. 2. Brief mention of Thomas Mudge in article on Early Devon Painters

Catalogue no: 1255
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Kathleen Conyngham Greene
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: Sept., 1932
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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Brief description of 2 Japanese "stick" clocks. The author erroneously believes the movements to be English. Includes an account of the Japanese method of determining hours The 2 photographs give full length front views of each clock. Also in this issue, a brief mention of Thomas Mudge in an article by W. Roberts on "Early Devon Painters". In a reference to a "freak" portrait of Miss Irons, by Thomas Hudson, the author writes:
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The Rise of the Tompions

Catalogue no: 1254
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Ethel Simcoe
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 6 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov., 1931
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An account of the Tompion family and their place in the parish of Northill, Bedfordshire with a family tree of the Tompion family. A good description given "by an eminent horologist" of the turret clock in the church. Details given of Thomas Tompions relations with other members of his family. Details given of churchwardens' accounts with Tompion references. Some annotations in red ink by Ilbert Photographs as follows: 1. Tompion's House, shewing part of old workshop 2. Back view of the Forge on Ickwell Green 3. The front of the Forge on Ickwell Green
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A Crucifixion Clock by Jean Vallier of Lyons

Catalogue no: 1252
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): C.A.Edings
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: July, 1930
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Notes" section of the magazine A brief article covering the life a career of Jean Vallier and family. The clock would appear to be of South German origin but the author argues that the movement is possibly French. At the time of writing, the clock was in the possession of Sir Gerald Ryan. 2 photographs as follows: 1. Backplate of movement 2. Full length view of clock Also, advertisement for sale of Chippendale Grandfather Clock by Fred May
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A Royal Table Clock by David Ramsey

Catalogue no: 1253
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Major C.T.P.Bailey
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: April, 1931
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Relics" section of the magazine. A brief account of the life and work of David Ramsey followed by a description of the clock that had only recently been acquired by the V & A A full description given of the curious engraving on the underside of the clock showing the Pope's nose being held to a grindstone with speculation on the reasons for this image. Pencil note by Ilbert, "Bernal Sale Lot 3971" 2 photographs as follows: 1. Engraving on underside of clock. King James 1st, with other high personages, holding the Pope's nose to the Grindstone.
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The Collection of Watch-papers belonging to the Clockmakers' Company at Guildhall

Catalogue no: 1251
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): E. Beresford Chancellor M.A. F.S.A.
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 15 Language(s): English Publication date: June, 1929
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An article beginning with a whimsical look at collecting, collectors and collectables, then continues with a description of the WCC collection of watch papers, apparently "discovered" by the Curator and Librarian of the Corporation of London, Mr Douthwaite. 18 examples are illustrated as follows: 1. Bowen, 6 Charing Cross. With image of Old Father Time, "Urn" clock and Zodiac signs 2. Goatley, Canterbury. With figure of women and anchor (Nelson memorial?) 3. Leslie, 230 Oxford Street. With figures of Neptune and Father Time 4. Image of Princess Charlotte on satin
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