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John Wise

Biography of English clockmaker John Wise

John Wise was apprenticed in 1638 to T Dawson and then turned over to the well-known lantern clock maker Peter Closon, becoming a Freeman of the Clockmakers Company in 1646.

Having worked for a period in Warwick, Wise had returned to London by 1668 and by 1693 was living in Moorfields.

Between the years of 1670 and 1685, Wise took six of his sons as apprentices along with four others. All his sons, bar the youngest, appearing to have continued in the business.

John Wise was a known maker of lantern, longcase and spring clocks.

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Lot FS36/835

Lot FS36/835: John Wise, Londini Fecit, An Ebony Basket-top Bracket Clock

John Wise, Londini fecit, an ebony basket-top bracket clock the eight-day duration, five-pillar movement with restored verge escapement having a profusely engraved backplate with tulip decoration and signed to the centre within a shaped cartouche, John Wise, Londini fecit, striking the hours on a bell, with the quarter-repeat work now removed, the seven inch square brass dial having a raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five minute numerals with further half-quarter markings and fleur-de-lis half-hour markings, the matted dial centre with engraved decoration to the date aperture and ringed winding holes, with cast-brass cherub-head spandrels to the four corners and decorative blued steel hands, the ebony case having a cast-brass pierced repousse basket top with a double-griffin carrying handle, cast brass pierced repousse frets to the sides, applied brass mounts to the front, four ball finials to the top corners and standing on brass bun feet, height 37cm (handle up) 34cm (handle down).

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £5,600