Clocks

The finest clocks from the English Golden Age – the period c.1660-1725 when huge strides were made in horology – are rare on the market. But this category embraces collectable timekeepers from all periods and places – from German table clocks and the classic Georgian longcase to the Victorian slate mantel clock and the advent of electricity.


The Selby Lowndes Tompion

Digital museum to fuel interest in clocks and watches

19 February 2024

A digital museum showcasing items from the celebrated clock collection of John C Taylor launches next month.

Stolen mantel clock

Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

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Ambrose Gardner signs in at auction

02 January 2024

Very few English Golden Age clocks signed by Ambrose Gardner are recorded.

English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner

English table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

15 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an extremely rare ebony veneered English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner that more than doubled its estimate at auction.

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Bugatti’s Breguet clock races away to take £170,000

04 December 2023

An exceptional silver Breguet hump-backed carriage clock commissioned by car maker Ettore Bugatti topped Bonhams’ latest Fine Clock Sale.

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Collection furnished a house sited a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum

04 December 2023

Although originally trained as a goldsmith, Dirck Van Rijswijck (1596-1679) developed his own characteristic style using less rarefied material.

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Clocks show in East Sussex: Would you Adam and Eve it…

27 November 2023

An automaton brass dial longcase clock by Richard Comber of Lewes (1742-1824) is one of the highlights at an exhibition in the clockmaker’s hometown devoted to Adam and Eve.

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Travelling? Keep an eye on the Cartier time

06 November 2023

Outstanding among a number of famous names at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) quarterly Jewellery and Watch sale was that of Cartier.

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Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.

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Chariot clock charges to Chester

09 October 2023

If you haven’t thought about the Roman Empire yet today, here’s your chance.

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5 Questions: antique clocks dealer Leigh Extence

09 October 2023

Leigh Extence trades in antique clocks in Exeter and is a member of BADA and CINOA.

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Clocks: Time for a folk tale

09 October 2023

Nineteenth century English clock adorned with Dick Whittington designs leads a look at horological hammer highlights and previews

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Corbels count as an unusual feature

09 October 2023

This Queen Anne period marquetry longcase featured in a sale of furniture, works of art and clocks held by Woolley & Wallis (26/20% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury from October 4-5.

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George Prior musical clock emerges at Roseberys

09 October 2023

After the establishment of trade with the Turks in the late 17th century, British officials began presenting gifts to Ottoman officials. Clocks were a favourite and the British ingenuity and quality led to a break in the dominance of the French and Swiss in this market.

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Bring on the Clowes

09 October 2023

James Clowes (c.1643-1705), who was born in Astbury, Cheshire, became a Free Brother of The Clockmakers Company in 1671 – the same year as Thomas Tompion, Joseph Knibb, Daniel Quare and Joseph Windmills. He worked first in St Giles in the Fields and then at Saint Ann’s Blackfriars.

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Turret clocks take the attention

09 October 2023

Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, near Bath, is selling a collection of turret clocks as part of its horology auction on October 26-27. All are from one source and fully restored.

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Take a peek at Pepys

09 October 2023

This small-scale 12½in (32cm) high William and Mary period ebony veneered striking bracket clock will be one of the horological entries in the three-day clocks and fine interiors sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire, from October 17-19.

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Collector’s home comforts

09 October 2023

Around 30 Dutch, French and English clocks and barometers feature in the sale of a collection of furniture, silver, ceramics, clocks, and an extensive library belonging to the late Dutch connoisseur-collector Cornelis Paulus van Pauwvliet.

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Quality counts in clocks world

04 September 2023

Collectors with refined taste are happy to take their time even when it comes to the most important makers.

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Rare 18th century clocks: Chinese copies of European creations in demand

04 September 2023

Both Christie’s and Bonhams brought impressive Chinese clocks to market in July.

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