Early Ebonised Timepiece Bracket Clock by “Joseph Knibb London”
A very fine and rare example by this master of English clock making.
Movement: The 8-day fusee timepiece movement with tic-tac escapement, short bob pendulum and six latched pillars, with a Tulip engraved narrow rectangular back plate signed “Joseph Knibb Londini fecit”.
Case: The case is of ebony veneer over an oak carcase with typical Knibb foliate-tied gilded handle, finished with Knibb S-scroll and mask escutcheons to the glazed front door, pierced wooden fret above and having glazed sides and back door.
Dial: The six inch square gilt brass dial is finely matted and signed “Joseph Knibb London” to the lower edge. It has chased gilt wing and cherub spandrels and a silvered engraved chapter ring with Knibb half hour divisions and a beautifully cut pair of blued steel Knibb hands.
Joseph Knibb, 1640-1711, was one of the most celebrated clockmakers of his day and was highly admired by Charles II for whom he made several fine clocks. Although not certain, it is thought that he served his apprenticeship with his cousin Samuel Knibb, C. 1625-1670 in Newport Pagnel and who later went to London C.1662. In about 1665 Joseph moved to Oxford and worked for his brother John who himself was a highly thought of clockmaker who later became Mayor of Oxford.
Joseph moved to London and became a Free Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company 1670/1. Quite apart from producing work of consistent high quality, Joseph was imaginative, inventive and had an excellent eye for proportion. Recently clocks by Knibb have sold for over $2,000,000. at auction.
Many collectors aspire to “one-day own a Knibb” and with this being a timepiece, it is a rather inexpensive way of achieving such an honour. It is also an ideal investment that you can really appreciate simultaneously.