Lantern clock by Peter Closon – €12,000 (£10,840) at Veilinghuis de Jager.

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It is signed to the fretwork above the dial Peter Closon neare Holborne Bridge Fecit and has a provenance to George White, author of the definitive work on the subject, English Lantern Clocks (1989).

Although precious little is known of his life, Closon is among the most prolific of London lantern clockmakers and his work spans the period from c.1630 (when he subscribed £5 to the incorporation of the Clockmakers’ Company) until c.1660.

He is last mentioned in the company’s records in October that year and is thought to have died c.1662.

This clock, with many typical Closon features, (he used standard frames and fretwork) appears to be relatively early at c.1635-40.


Lantern clock by Peter Closon – €12,000 (£10,840) at Veilinghuis de Jager.

Quite possibly one of the several Closon clocks illustrated in White’s book, it was estimated at €3000- 6000 but sold at €12,000 (£10,840) on March 1.

A similar Holborne Bridge Fecit clock with early conversion to anchor escapement and long pendulum took $10,000 at Bonhams’ Art of Time sale in New York in 2018.