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FS46: Two Day Fine Art Sale

William Frodsham, London A Georgian Bell-top Bracket Clock

Auction Lot FS46/894

William Frodsham, London a Georgian bell-top bracket clock the eight-day duration five-pillar movement having a verge escapement and striking the hours on a bell, the backplate with engraved oriental decoration, the seven-inch break-arch brass dial having a raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals and Arabic five-minute outer numerals, the matted centre with a date aperture and inset silvered cartouche engraved with the maker's name William Frodsham, Red Lion Sq., London, with cast c-scroll spandrels to the four corners and decorative blued-steel hands, with a strike/silent dial within the arch, the walnut bell-top case with curved canted corners, brass fishscale frets to both the sides and front, and with a brass carrying handle to the top, height 45cm (handle down). *Biography William Frodsham, born 1728, was the founder of this famous family of clockmakers and was made an honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1781 before opening his own retail premises at 12, Kingsgate Street, Red Lion Square, London. He was an important maker who may well have acted as a journeyman for Justin Vuilliamy and was taught the art of jewelling by his friend the chronometer maker Thomas Earnshaw. This caused a problem for Frodsham when he was asked by the Board of Longitude to give evidence regarding a reward for Earnshaw following the latter's claim to have improved the detached escapement. William Frodsham died in 1807 having outlived his son, the clockmaker William the younger born 1755, by 18 months and with whom he formed the partnership William Frodsham & Son in 1779.

William Frodsham, London A Georgian Bell-top Bracket Clock (FS46/894) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 21st July 2020 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

William Frodsham, London a Georgian bell-top bracket clock the eight-day duration five-pillar movement having a verge escapement and striking the hours on a bell, the backplate with engraved oriental decoration, the seven-inch break-arch brass dial having a raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals and Arabic five-minute outer numerals, the matted centre with a date aperture and inset silvered cartouche engraved with the maker's name William Frodsham, Red Lion Sq., London, with cast c-scroll spandrels to the four corners and decorative blued-steel hands, with a strike/silent dial within the arch, the walnut bell-top case with curved canted corners, brass fishscale frets to both the sides and front, and with a brass carrying handle to the top, height 45cm (handle down). *Biography William Frodsham, born 1728, was the founder of this famous family of clockmakers and was made an honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1781 before opening his own retail premises at 12, Kingsgate Street, Red Lion Square, London. He was an important maker who may well have acted as a journeyman for Justin Vuilliamy and was taught the art of jewelling by his friend the chronometer maker Thomas Earnshaw. This caused a problem for Frodsham when he was asked by the Board of Longitude to give evidence regarding a reward for Earnshaw following the latter's claim to have improved the detached escapement. William Frodsham died in 1807 having outlived his son, the clockmaker William the younger born 1755, by 18 months and with whom he formed the partnership William Frodsham & Son in 1779.

Price Realised

£4,800

Department

Works of Art & Clocks

Fine Art Category

Bracket Clocks

Sale Information

FS46: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 21st July 2020
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

Okehampton Street, Exeter

This lot will be sold after 12:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 as part of the Works of Art and Clocks section of the sale.

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