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Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
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Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
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Skeleton Clock by James Condliff

  • This Victorian-era skeleton clock is an extraordinary example of 19th-century British clockmaking
  • It was crafted by the famed James Condliff of Liverpool, “The Father of Skeleton Clocks“
  • Only a very small handful of Condliff skeleton clocks still exist to this day
  • Skeleton clocks like this were considered a clockmaker’s magnum opus
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$42,500
Item No. 31-6987

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Description
This exceptional timepiece is a Victorian-era skeleton clock crafted by James Condliff of Liverpool, a luminary in the realm of 19th-century British horology. Condliff was distinguished for his pioneering role in the development of English skeleton clocks, type of timekeeping devices celebrated for their intricate craftsmanship and mechanical complexity. Condliff's creations are a unique testament to his mastery of the craft and no two of his clocks are identical. Due to the intricate and labor-intensive. . .
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This exceptional timepiece is a Victorian-era skeleton clock crafted by James Condliff of Liverpool, a luminary in the realm of 19th-century British horology. Condliff was distinguished for his pioneering role in the development of English skeleton clocks, type of timekeeping devices celebrated for their intricate craftsmanship and mechanical complexity. Condliff's creations are a unique testament to his mastery of the craft and no two of his clocks are identical. Due to the intricate and labor-intensive nature of advanced clockmaking, Condliff's oeuvre is limited — a mere 70 of his skeleton clocks are known to exist today.

This brass skeleton clock belongs to Condliff's third series and was retailed by Literalnd, Davies & Co. of Liverpool. The series represents an evolution in design, incorporating intricate and aesthetically pleasing features. The clock includes a going barrel with a great wheel that is commensurate in size with the chapter ring, a tastefully designed scroll frame and a narrow silvered chapter ring. The base, adorned with spherical feet, is consistent with the design elements found in Condliff's earlier series. This clock chimes on the hour and is equipped with a pendulum featuring a recoil escapement.

For further reference, this timepiece is documented in Derek Roberts' British Skeleton Clocks, published by the Antique Collectors' Club in 1987, Figure 3/24.

Circa 1860

Clock: 14 3/8" high by 11" wide by 6" deep
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Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Skeleton Clocks
Depth: 6.0 in. (15.24 cm)
Width: 11.0 in. (27.94 cm)
Height: 14.38 in. (36.51 cm)
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