JACOB MASSEY, LONDON: A RARE AND FINE WILLIAM III EBONISED STRIKING BRACKET / TABLE CLOCK WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT CIRCA 1700
the case with caddy top surmounted by an unusual gilt bronze handle cast with merman caryatids and dolphins centred by a crown and sceptres, the moulded cornice over the sides with rectangular glazed panels, with pierced ormolu fret cast as a mask flanked by scrolling foliage, with a similar pierced fret to the front of the case centred by a putto mask, the 7″ square brass dial with strike / silent lever to the top engraved ‘S N’, with gilt spandrels matching the side frets, the silvered Roman chapter ring with Arabic five minute markers, the gilt matted centre with mock pendulum aperture, the silvered back to the aperture signed ‘Massy London’, with chamfered date aperture below, the twin fusee movement with five knopped and finned pillars and verge escapement striking the hours on a bell, the pull quarter repeat striking the quarters on a smaller bell and the hours on the larger, the backplate finely engraved throughout with scrolling acanthus leaves and flowerheads, signed ‘Jacob Massy London’ the pendulum cock pierced and finely engraved, the pendulum with pear shaped bob, with two case keys and winder,
41cm handle up
The movement is winding, ticking and striking and the pull repeat is working but not fully tested or guaranteed.
LITERATURE: Jacob Massy / Massey is first recorded in C.H. Baillie ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’ in 1689. He worked at at Cranbourn Street, London and was free of the Clockmakers Company from 1715-25. Jacob Massey was descended from a family of renowned clock makers, his father was Nicholas Massey, also recorded at Cranbourn Street and free of the Clockmaker’s in 1682, he came to London from Blois, France, where his father was also a clockmaker ‘of repute’. Nicholas Massey died in 1698 and mentions his son Jacob in his will.
AUCTION COMPARABLE: A fine late 17th century ebonised table clock by Edmund Massey, presumably part of the Massey dynasty, was sold in these rooms on 6th June 2018, lot 260 for £18,000, this was a timepiece rather than a striking clock.