Henry Jones, London, Circa 1678 a small ebony and silver Dutch-striking table clock A

Henry Jones, London | Circa 1678nnAn exceedingly rare Charles II ebony veneered and silver-mounted Dutch-striking verge table clock of small proportions.n nHeight: n111⁄2 inches (292 mm).nnCase: nThe case of ebony veneer on an oak carcass with a cushion-moulded top applied with foliate-cast silver dome mounts, surmounted by a fine foliate-tied D-ended silver handle. Typical quadrant main top-moulding, the side apertures glazed and with pull-repeat cords operating to either side, the front door with foliate silver escutcheons and the matching moulded base raised on ebony bun feet, each over-laid with foliate silver mounts.nnDial: nThe 6 inch (152 mm) square dial with four pinned dial feet, fine matting and skeletonised silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with separate lozenge half-hours, intricately pierced and sculpted blued steel hands and silver cherubs head spandrels to each corner.nnDuration: n8 days.nnMovement: nThe substantial brass plates are separated by five pillars rivetted to the backplate, the top pair of typical ringed baluster form, the central one of hexagonal form and the bottom pair square; all pinned to the frontplate. The internal rack strike on the Dutch system on two bells of different tone, large spring barrels with gut lines to the narrow fusees, reconverted verge escapement, the backplate with typical elaborate brass barrel clicks and central wishbone spring, integrated into the backplate border design containing the signature Henricus Jones along the base.nnEscapement: nKnife-edge verge with short bob pendulum.nnStrike Type: nDutch hour and half-hour governed by an early rack.nnProvenance:nn• Christie’s, 13th December, 2000, lot 103, sold for £149,681.nnExhibited:nn• 2003, Horological Masterworks, Oxford Museum for the History of Science and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, exhibit no.33.nnLiterature:nn• Horological Masterworks, 2003, p.154-155.nnnHenry Jones (c.1642-1695) was one of the most eminent early makers, he was originally apprenticed to Benjamin Hill in 1654, but quickly turned over to Edward East. He became a Freeman of the Clockmakers Company in 1663, was Assistant in 1676 and became Master in 1691. He worked from Inner Temple Lane and during his thirty-year working life he took on fourteen apprentices. He made a number of clocks for Charles II, one costing the then vast sum £150. In 1673/4, Jones had cause to report Robert Seigniour to the Clockmakers’ Company, complaining that he had erased his name from a royal clock (or caused Edward Stanton to). In October 1692 he matched Edward East’s contribution of £100 to the Clockmakers Company for 5 poor widows having Annually the Benefitt thereof Forever. nnHenry Jones died in 1695, but his wife Hannah carried on the business, taking one further apprentice in 1696/7, who was freed in 1704/5 and at least one clock is known which is inscribed on the backplate, Hannah Jones Ye widdow of Henry Jones London. nnHenry Jones is one of the makers whose work is instantly recognisable, and the current example epitomises this. Amongst other archetypal Jones features, this includes simple quadrant case mouldings (see also the previous exhibit no.15, inventory no.85), bold chapter ring engraving with typical hands and the continued use of outside clicks and square pillars. Combined with its beautiful silver mounts, these all contributed to this example achieving an auction record in 2000.

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