Howard Walwyn has extended his exhibition At the Sign of the Dial: Rare English Clocks by Great Makers following a number of key sales including a miniature burr walnut longcase clock, c.1710, by Christopher Gould which sold for a price in the region of £100,000.
Made for the Italian market (it is engraved suona/non suona for ‘strike’ or ‘silent’), it strikes the hours and repeats the quarters on six bells.
It was among 20 sales made during the show at Walwyn’s Kensington Church Street premises. Three other Golden Age longcases also went to new homes, including two by Thomas Tompion that were priced in the region of £230,000 each. Buyers included both new and returning clients.
Walwyn said: “We haven’t finished yet. There is considerable ongoing interest in a number of pieces, so it has been decided to extend the exhibition until Christmas.”
Made in Jamaica
Thomas Coulborn & Sons of Sutton Coldfield sold a centre table by celebrated Jamaican cabinetmaker Ralph Turnbull to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Made c.1846-51, the table uses tropical hardwood in a marquetry and parquetry top decorated roundels of flags, boats, lighthouses and, most remarkably, an envelope and letter addressed to Queen Victoria.
Read more on the sales of Thomas Coulborn & Sons here.