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UK NewsVintage table clock made for Mary II more than 320 years ago is expected to fetch £2 MILLION at auction

10:02  18 june  2019
10:02  18 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Vintage table clock made for Mary II more than 320 years ago is expected to fetch £2 MILLION at auction © Associated Newspapers Limited

Time is certainly money for this unique table clock made for Mary II more than 320 years ago – it’s expected to fetch more than £2million at auction tomorrow.

One of the most valuable clocks ever to appear at auction, The King William & Queen Mary Royal Tompion, leads the sale of The Clive Collection of Exceptional Clocks in London tomorrow.

The table clock made by master clockmaker Thomas Tompion for Queen Mary II in 1693 is expected to fetch in excess of £2,000,000, according to auctioneers Bonhams.

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Long regarded as the Father of English Clock Making, Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) was responsible for some of the finest clocks ever made.

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He made clocks for Charles II, James II, Queen Anne, Charles III and Philip V of Spain, Leopold I, the Holy Roman Emperor, and Cosimo III de Medici.

This silver-mounted, quarter-repeating miniature table clock that he made for Queen Mary is also known as 'The Q Clock', and accompanied the campaign clock Tompion made for her husband King William III.

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The clock, which is numbered 222 in the Tompion inventory, is mentioned in the diaries of his patron Robert Hooke - the entry for Friday 16 June, for example, reads 'Called at Tompion, saw K and Q clocks.'

A highly important commission for Tompion, the clock would have originally taken pride of place in the Royal Apartments at Kensington Palace. The domes of both the K and Q clocks are decorated with images in silver of the royal heraldic symbols of lion and unicorn heads, which were only allowed to appear on royal clocks.

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The clock may have passed out of royal hands as early as 1694, the year of Queen Mary's death, or on the death of the King in 1702. Officers of the royal households were unpaid, and were by custom entitled to a share of the furnishings of royal palaces on the death of the sovereign.

Vintage table clock made for Mary II more than 320 years ago is expected to fetch £2 MILLION at auction © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

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Head of Bonhams Clock department James Stratton said: 'This masterpiece by Thomas Tompion is the smallest known of his ebony repeating table clocks, and its royal provenance, highlighted by the Royal coat of arms incorporated within the silver mounts, marks it out as unique. There is simply no other clock like it. Its appearance at auction for the first time in many decades will excite great interest, not only in the horological community, but far beyond.'

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