A fine and possibly unique late 17th century lantern clock of exceptional size.
A bell diameter of 23cms (9ins) bell supported within a bellstand with unique tulip castings between the arms (one arm and top finial replaced), set within four large acorn finials on tapering Doric columns to ball feet, each foot with a cast central band, the silvered chapter ring 28cms (11ins) in diameter and 6.5cms (2.5ins) in width, with Arabic minute band and large Roman numerals, half hour markers and inner quarter hour track, florally engraved centre with a cartouche signature at VI, the weight driven movement converted to anchor escapement with four-wheel train, the strike operated via a countwheel, the hammer spring and stop both with facetted and engraved decoration
19ins high. Original doors.
SEIGNIOUR,ROBERT. London. Also Seignior.
Baptised at St Dunstan's in the West in 1645, he was apprenticed (not through the Clockmakers' Company') to John Nicasius and was freed Clockmakers' Company in April 1667.
He worked in Exchange Alley. He was constantly in trouble with Clockmakers' Company administration, October 1671 he was fined 20s for calling them a company of cheating knaves'. In January 1673 Henry Jones complained he had faked his name on a clock. In November 1673 he was appointed King's Clock and Watchmaker 'without fee' until the death or surrender of office of Edward East, who in fact outlived him.
In 1682 he got £20 for a clock for the Treasury Chambers. On 10 October (most likely this clock).
His will, describing him as a clockmaker of St Peter Le Poer parish, is dated 1685 and was proved in Canterbury on 4 May 1687. He left his estate to his son, George. He was to be buried in St Peter's die Poor. By 1686 Daniel Quare had taken over Seigniour's former premises in Exchange Alley.
£6950. Restored, fully operational.
Includes bespoke oak floor stand.
A classic lantern clock of about 1685 by William Newton of East Smithfield, London, former apprentice of Edward Stanton, made with short verge pendulum and modified later (probably in mainland Europe) to anchor escapement with long pendulum and hanging French-type suspension. This is the only lantern clock yet recorded by this maker, who is known to have been working for a period of only about three years.
Ex Loomes stock.
Serviced and dials resilvered. Sold with replacement doors, pendulum, and weights.