18th century Diss clock auctioned for £7,600

The James Calver clock that was acutionedPicture courtesy of Canterbury Auction Galleries

The James Calver clock that was acutionedPicture courtesy of Canterbury Auction Galleries - Credit: Archant

An 18th century clock made by a Diss watch and clockmaker has sold at auction for £7,600.

The late 18th century black japanned tavern clock was made by James Calver of Diss and had been expected to fetch between £3,000 and £4,000 at the auction at Canterbury Auction Galleries.

It is 55 inches high, with a dial diameter of 28 inches. The painted central dial has Roman and Arabic numerals.

The catalogue description added that it has an 'eight day single train movement, with bulbous knopped pillars to plates, contained in black japanned oak case, decorated in gilt with chinoiseries, shaped with shaped wings to sides and with shaped base, the door decorated with exotic birds, pavilions and two figures'.

Mr Calver was apprentice to William Crisp of Wrentham in 1772 and is recorded as a Diss watch and clockmaker from 1787.


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