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John Barnett monthgoing longcase

Barnett10.000 GBP plus expenses

Sold November 24th 2011 at Cheffins auction house in Cambridge. Hammer price 10.000 GBP (12.050 GBP including costs).

The auctioners description tells: "John Barnett Londini fecit, a walnut and marquetry month going longcase clock circa 1700, the 11inch square dial with mask spandrels, part engraved border, signed below to the silvered chapter ring, with seconds dial and date aperture, the movement with reversed trains, retaining bracket, 6 latched pillars and latched dial feet, maintaining power, outside countwheel striking, regilt or rematted dial centre, the hood with replacement fret panel, brass capped Corinthian twist columns, the trunk with three foliate marquetry panels and similar panel to the plinth, upon a later skirting, restorations, 207cm high"

The movement:

Barnett

 

The clock comes from a deceased estate and some things are missing. It generated much intrest of course. The case seems similar to other ones with movements by Charles Gretton, several Fromanteels ... Barnett worked in Lothbury quite near to certain members of the Fromanteel family. His apprentice William Webster was probably his nephew. At Barnetts death in 1702 Webster moved to Thomas Tompion. William Webster was freed from his apprenticeship through the Clockmakers' Company in July 1710.

Certainly one of the better clocks sold lately, but a decent and historically correct restauration will cost thousands of euros too.

In het nummer 11/1 van Tijdschriftstaat een boeiend artikel over de familie Fromanteel en hun herkomst.

Chacun est invité d'envoyer des images, des informations etc sur des horlogers belges (wallons, flamands et germanophones).

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