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Lot 355

A George III gilt-bronze mounted musical bracket clock, by George Prior made for the Turkish...

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Lot 355

A George III gilt-bronze mounted musical bracket clock, by George Prior made for the Turkish...

Price Realised: £39,240

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 355


A George III gilt-bronze mounted musical bracket clock, by George Prior made for the Turkish Market, London, last quarter 18th century, the architectural case painted with polychrome floral swags and sprays on a green ground, surmounted with a cut-glass sphere above a facetted dome flanked by flambeau urn finials and cut-glass spheres to corners, above two conforming gilt-bronze capped faceted columns, the sides with fabric lined pierced scrolling foliate panels and swing handles, the reverse with arched glazed door, on a moulded plinth base with scrolling foliate feet, the white enamel dial with Turkish numerals, signed GEORGE PRIOR LONDON, with two subsidiary dials above, one inscribed CHIME / SILENT, the other with list of tunes SABAC HAFFIF / MINUETT / SAMAHE / SONG, within shaped floral decorated surround within gilt borders, enclosed within floral cast bezel, the three train fusee movement striking on a bell and playing four tunes on ten bells, the backplate signed Geo Prior London, with pendulum and case key, 67cm high, 40cm wide, 23.5cm deep

Provenance: The Property of a Lady

Please note that Roseberys do not guarantee the working order or time keeping of any timepiece.   


Note: George Prior, 1735-1814, was well known for exporting clocks to the Turkish market in the late 18th century. After the establishment of trade with the Ottoman Empire, British diplomats in the late 17th century began presenting clocks as gifts to Ottoman officials, leading to a break in the dominance of the French and Swiss in the market for timepieces. This eventually resulted in a high demand for British clocks and lucrative export businesses such as that of George Prior. Such was his success in this area that the word coined by the Turkish to describe a British-made timepiece, 'Pyrol', is a derivative of his surname. He is listed as being active in 1765-1812 at 31 Prescot Street, Goodman's Fields, London, when he was succeeded by his son Edward - Looms, Brian, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Complete 21st Century Edition, N.A.G. Press, p.630






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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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ARR is capped at €12,500

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