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Thomas Mercer chronometer made in modern times doubles estimate in Gloucestershire

10 June 2019

By the 1980s, Thomas Mercer of St Albans had made almost a third of all chronometers in history – including that used by Ernest Shackleton to navigate his men to Elephant Island and eventual rescue during the Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1914.

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Dealer offers bracket clock by Lewes’ finest Richard Comber

10 June 2019

Remarkably, of the approximately 110 clockmakers recorded working in Lewes from the mid-17th to the early 19th centuries, as many as 10 were operating almost side-by-side at this town on the River Ouse in the late 18th century.

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Thomas Cole bracket clock leads group of unusual and more familiar works

10 June 2019

A rare regulator bracket clock signed by Thomas Cole was among a fine selection of English 18th and 19th century horology offered by Hutchinson-Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on May 23.

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Longcase clock by Thomas Mudge gives a nudge in new direction

10 June 2019

A mahogany longcase clock by Thomas Mudge (1715-94) is priced at £45,000 from Cheltenham dealer Tobias Birch.

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Complex clocks make sharp auction sellers

10 June 2019

The complex precision electromechanical pendulum clocks made by William Hamilton-Shortt, engineer for the London & South Western Railway, and Frank Hope Jones, horologist of the Synchronome Company, were the most accurate pendulum clocks ever commercially produced.

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Signed by maker and first owner – dealer offers rare Cumbrian clock

10 June 2019

As the vast majority of Georgian clockmakers signed their work, most regional brass-dial longcase clocks have a great sense of place.

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Joseph Knibb: Best in black

10 June 2019

Undoubtedly the most evocative account of the workshop of the celebrated clockmaker Joseph Knibb comes from a letter written by the Restoration-era politician Richard Legh (1635-87) of Lyme Hall in Cheshire to his young wife, Elizabeth.

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A Vulliamy pair emerge at Dreweatts

10 June 2019

These two mahogany library mantel timepieces – for sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory in the autumn – were supplied to HM Government by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy in the early days of Victoria’s reign.

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Norfolk dealer offers Georgian mahogany bracket clock by John Scott

10 June 2019

This c.1790 Georgian mahogany bracket clock by John Scott is among the stock of Olde Time Fine Antique Clocks & Barometers, which holds its second open weekend this summer.

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Chiswick Auctions offers chronometer with Titanic connection

10 June 2019

During an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic in 1996, a marine chronometer made by JW Ray, Liverpool, was recovered and brought ashore.

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Augsburg masterpiece by Johann Peter Mayr appears at Sotheby's

10 June 2019

On July 2 Sotheby’s will hold the first of a four-part series of sales to disperse an important collection of clocks and pocket watches.

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‘Barn find’ dial clock sells at over ten-times estimate

10 June 2019

Estimated at a token £100-200, a large twin fusee wall clock sold to an online bid of £2400 (plus premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms (17% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham.

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Well-known private collection of African art comes up in Sotheby’s Paris auction

27 May 2019

Tribal art makes regular saleroom appearances in Paris, which is one of the major commercial centres in this sector.

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Third slice of pre-Columbian works on offer at Drouot

27 May 2019

At the Drouot auction centre on June 6 the Paris firm of Binoche et Giquello will be selling a third instalment from a US collection of pre-Columbian works from Meso, Central and South America which is expected to realise in the region of €3m-4m.

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On the ball for tribal items coming up in west London sale

27 May 2019

Antiquities and tribal art will be on offer at Chiswick Auctions in west London on June 27.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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Illustrious former owners boost modern value at New York tribal art auctions

27 May 2019

Spring is a traditional point in the saleroom calendar for New York to mount its tribal art auctions.

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A selection of dates for your tribal diary: May-October 2019

27 May 2019

Tribal art is a sector with truly international appeal and fairs and shows go on throughout the year across various locations.

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Bust depicts a short-lived Roman emperor Didius Julianus

13 May 2019

This over life-sized marble bust depicts Emperor Didius Julianus, who ruled the Roman empire for just a few short months in the year 193AD. His fleeting 66-day reign took place during the tumultuous period known as ‘The Year of the Five Emperors’ and came to a grisly end when he was murdered by a common soldier.

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Mars intaglio makes a multi-estimate sum at Salisbury sale

13 May 2019

This gold ring mounted with an oval intaglio of the Roman god Mars made a multi-estimate £9000 at a sale of jewellery at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium).

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