George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.
George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.
George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.
George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.
George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.

George II figured walnut longcase clock by Benjamin Gray & Justin Vulliamy, London.

c. 1745 England

Offered by Millington Adams

£33,900 gbp
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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.

Justin Vulliamy arrived in London from Switzerland c1730. He married Benjamin Gray’s daughter and in 1743 he joined his father-in-law in partnership in Gray’s already well-established business in St James’s Street before moving to Pall Mall in 1752. Gray was appointed Clockmaker to George II in 1744. The partnership developed a great reputation as innovative makers of fine clocks and watches. The Royal association was maintained by the Vulliamy family until the mid-nineteenth century.
Excellent. The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced. Minor restorations to the case, the plinth original, restorations to parts of the caddy.
Private collection Cambridge. This clock has been with the same family for over 60 years.
English, George II, circa 1745
Dimensions
Height 97.00 inch (246.38 cm)
Width 20.00 inch (50.80 cm)
Depth 10.00 inch (25.40 cm)
Stock Code
2247
Medium
Walnut
Signed/Inscribed
Signed to dial "Ben Gray, Just. Vulliamy, London"
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