BEN GRAY & JUSTIN VULLIAMY
BEN GRAY & JUSTIN VULLIAMY
BEN GRAY & JUSTIN VULLIAMY

BEN GRAY & JUSTIN VULLIAMY

c. 1745 LONDON

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A superb George II figured walnut longcase clock by one of the most eminent partnerships of the Georgian period, Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy.

The elegantly proportioned Tompionesque case veneered with highly figured walnut of fine colour and good patination. Standing on a double plinth, the case rises to a caddy top with three giltwood ball finials.

The five pillar movement, with twelve inch square brass dial mounted with well-cast urn spandrels, a silvered chapter ring, matted brass centre and a large subsidiary seconds dial; a particular feature of Gray & Vulliamy clocks of this period. Above six o’clock is an aperture to view the day of the month and there is a silvered cartouche signed by the makers and applied to the matted centre.

The high quality bespoke movement has eight day duration with rack strike and sounding the hours on a bell. The clock is complete with apparently the original steel rod pendulum with large bob and calibrated rating nut beneath and a pair of brass cased weights which again appear to be original.

Height: 97 in (246.4 cm)
Width: 20 in (50.8 cm)
Depth: 10 in (25.4 cm).

* Benjamin Gray is recorded as working in Pall Mall, Westminster in 1727, then St James’s Street in 1749, then Pall Mall again by 1752. He became watchmaker to the King from 1742. He formed a partnership with his son-in-law (to be), Swiss born Francois Justin Vulliamy as Gray & Vulliamy from circa 1743 till Gray’s death in 1764. Justin Vulliamy’s son, Benjamin, became a partner circa 1780 until Justin Vulliamy’s death in 1797.

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Benj.Gray Just.Vulliamy London
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