This late 17th century ebonised bracket clock by John Knibb of Oxfordshire will star in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s sale in Exeter on January 29-30.
Measuring 16in (40cm) high (with the handle up), the phase IV design clock has an eight-day duration, double-fusee and five-pillar movement. It is estimated at £30,000-40,000.
A member of the illustrious Knibb clockmaking family of London and Oxford, John was apprenticed in c.1664 to his brother, the famous Joseph Knibb, who at the time had his workshop in Oxford.
When Joseph moved to London c.1670, John took on the running of the Oxford workshop, receiving the Freedom of the City in 1672. The clocks John made resemble those of his brother and he obtained cases from the same London source.