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Richard Colston

RICHARD COLSTON, London c.1685

A small and rare late 17th century ebony veneered cushion top bracket clock.

The small, well proportioned case is ebony veneered with an oak carcass and features a shallow caddy top. It is complemented by finely cast finials, repousse mounts to the caddy and elegant escutcheons to the door.

The 7 inch brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and bordered by finely cast cherub spandrels. The centre is finely matted with two winding holes, a date aperture and strike/not strike function to the top. Of particular note are the beautifully made and facetted original hands.

The exceptional seven pillar twin fusee movement has it’s original verge escapement and strikes the hours on a single bell. It features pull quarter repeating on three further bells. The seven pillars are all latched and are finely knopped and finned. The backplate features exceptional, profuse early foliage engraving and has the makers signature Rich Colston London.

Richard Colston was a notable and highly regarded early London maker. He is listed as working from 1682-1709 with clocks and watches remaining in several private collections.

The clock is fully restored and represents the highest qualities of London workmanship.

Height 13.5 inches / 35 cm

Price  £26,950

 

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