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RARE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK IS STAR LOT AT MITCHELLS
An extremely fine and very rare George I walnut-cased astronomical long-case clock will be the star lot at Mitchells next Antiques & Fine Art Sale.
Estimated between £12,000 – £18,000 and likely to be the most valuable lot in the sale, Lot 984 was previously purchased for £230 at auction in Wakefield in 1952 and has been in the current ownership in a property in the Northern Lake District ever since. Dating from the 1720s, the case is veneered with very finely figured walnut and herring bone banding and crossbanding however it is the clock face and highly complex movement that makes it truly remarkable and sure to attract the attention of collectors worldwide.
This rare clock is in fact a clockmaker’s masterpiece made by Christopher Pinchbeck of London during a period when clockmakers competed with each other to produce clocks with the greatest complexity of dials. With an eight day, five pillar striking movement, the clock has dials showing phases of the moon, high tides at 30 different sea ports and four subsidiary dials showing signs of the zodiac to which the sun points, “Suns Place in y Ecliptick & Southing of 24 Stars”, month and days of the week amongst other indications.
The sale will also feature another rare though less complicated long-case clock dating from around 1690 and made by Christopher Gould of London. Lot 1250 has an eight day, five pillar movement and a fine marquetry case and is estimated to make £10,000 – £15,000.
Amongst the more unusual lots in the sale is Lot 457, a Japanese Noh mask lacquered and gilded, with mother of pearl eyebrows, moustache, beard and protruding teeth and bearing a signature. The mask is being sold with an ivory circular ball carved with a mythical creature and dragon.
The sale also features paintings by local artists Edward Horace Thompson, Len Roope, Thomas Bushby, Percy Kelly, Mathias Read and Albert Rosser and strong jewellery and furniture sections.
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