Courtenay Ilbert Archive

Early European Automatons - 2 parts

Catalogue no: 1261
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Wolfgang Born
Total pages: 14 Illustrations: 24 Language(s): English Publication date: Sep/Nov, 1937
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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A lengthy article over two issues of the magazine and concentrating mainly on south German automata of the 16th/17th century but embracing others as well. Includes a history of the origin and development of automata and is well illustrated throughout. Photographs Part 1 as follows: 1. Table automaton. Neptune on a turtle. Late 17th century 2. Moving tabel clock; St George and Dragon. Augsburg, c.1600 3. Clock with moving figures of oriental potentate on horse with attendants. Augsburg?. Early 17th century 4. Table clock with moving figures. South German, c. 1600
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Early Nautical Instruments

Catalogue no: 1262
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Cecil King
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 12 Language(s): English Publication date: Aug., 1938
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article on some of the scientific collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. As the author explains, "We are here concerned more particularly with the navigational instruments; these combine, in many cases, a scientific purpose with a just claim to be regarded as gems of the goldsmith's or metalworker's art." The text details the history and development of different marine instruments including the astrolabe, compass, sundial, sandglass, globes and (briefly) Harrison's chronometers and R.T.Goulds' restorations. Photographs included as follows:
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A Historic Tompion Clock

Catalogue no: 1263
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): R.W.Symonds
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 7 Language(s): English Publication date: May, 1939
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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A detailed history of the famous Tompion table clock given by King Charles 2nd to the Countess of Castlemaine and thence to her son, the Duke of Grafton. The author describes (rather caustically) the replacement of the movement by Vulliamy in the 19th century and the gift of the original movement (grande sonnerie) to the Institute of Civil Engineers by Vulliamy. The article includes photographs as follows: 1. Portrait of the Countess of Castlemaine 2. Front view of clock and dial, gilt case with silver mounts 3. Detail of back and side of clock case 4. Front view of movement
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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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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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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 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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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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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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