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 5. Back view of movement 6. Side view of movement, left 7. Side view of movement, right Also, 3 advertisements with horological content: 1. Berry, 25 Piccadilly, London, W.1. Description and photograph of gold and enamel watch and chatelaine with images of Nelson and Lady Hamilton 2. M.Lee & Sons, 37 High Street, Kingston-on Thames. Description and photograph of ebony veneered 17th century table clock (timepiece) by Jonathan Puller, London 3. Notification of the sale at Christies of the contents of St. Donat's Castle, Glamorganshire, part of the collection of William Randolf Hearst. Includes description and photograph of the famous marquetry cased clock by Samuel Watson of Coventry. (NB, Watson clock now in the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry)
Room location: Library Cabinet: F Shelf: 4
Search terms: Antique Clocks
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