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Table clock with grande sonnerie striking

This sumptuous table clock was made by Tompion and Edward Banger, a former apprentice who had married Tompion’s niece, Margaret, and was his partner between 1701 and 1708. It has an eight-day grand-sonnerie movement striking the quarter hours on six bells, a technical advancement requiring great ingenuity on the part of the maker. Apertures in the arch above the dial show the date and day of the week with their appropriate deities below. The clock is one of four grand sonnerie clocks by Tompion and Banger with French-style cases of almost similar design. The oak carcase is veneered with reddened turtleshell, and is lavishly embellished with gilt-brass mounts, including putti amid scrolling foliage, female busts and vases, and, on the summit, a figure of Apollo, the god who drove the chariot of the sun through the heavens each of the day. The backplate is engraved with floral decoration and is numbered 436, indicating that it was made around 1706.