The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, August 19, 2019

A 1618 watch by David Ramsay soars to £989,000 at Sotheby's London auction
A 1618 watch by David Ramsay, one of the greatest and earliest English watchmakers, soars to £989,000 at Sotheby’s London. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Today, at Sotheby’s London, exceptional timepieces from the most important private collection of English pocket watches sold for a combined total of £3,021,063/ $4,577,817 (est. £2.2 million - 3.3 million).

The sale was led by a Royal oval astronomical watch with an engraved portrait of King James I made by David Ramsay circa 1618 which fetched £989,000 ($1,498,632), almost four times the pre-sale high estimate (est. £150,000-250,000). Considered one of the finest makers from the early 17th century, Ramsay was the first master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers at its formation in 1632, as well as the Chief Clockmaker to the King. The engraving to the covers depicting the Royal Coat of Arms and miniature of King James I are of exceptional quality. A similar watch by Ramsay can be found on permanent loan in the Victorian & Albert Museum. Both watches were presumably made at around the same time by order of the King.

After the sale, Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Watches and Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s Watch Division, said: “Today’s offering was unprecedented. It is incredible to think that these immaculately preserved timepieces survived 400 years of tumultuous British history. The catalogue read as a 'who's who' of the great British watchmakers through the ages and we are thrilled that collectors and buyers new to the field responded with so much enthusiasm. This sale is only the first chapter of a landmark collection which comprises many more treasures and pieces of history. We look forward to presenting them in three dedicated sales to take place over the course of 2016”.

Other Highlights included:

• An extremely rare gold two-train quarter striking and quarter repeating pair cased clock watch with regulator aperture, circa 1712 -1714, by Daniel Quare, a highly esteemed watchmaker of his day. Estimated at £70,000-100,000, this until recently unrecorded watch realised £185,000 ($280,330).

• An extraordinary and important gold half quarter dumb repeating consular cased pocket chronometer created by John Arnold in 1782 which realised £245,000 ($371,248), again above high estimate (est. £125,000 - 200,000). No.39/88 is the only Arnold watch with the short spring detent to retain its original case.

• A lavishly ornamented octagonal candle lamp with inset watch made circa 1770 by James Cox, the leading 18th-century retailer of jewelled automata, which achieved £155,000 ($234,872) (est. £50,000 - 80,000)

Today’s sale was the first of the four auctions of a collection which is being offered under the title of 'The Celebration of the English Watch' over the course of 2015-2016. Charting the history of British watchmaking from the early 1600s through to the present day, this legendary collection of 317 museum-quality pieces also illustrates the often neglected status of British watchmakers as pioneers in their field. A 'who's who' of the great British watchmakers through the ages, the collection spans all the greatest names and innovators in the field, from Thomas Thompion to Robert Hook (inventor of balance spring, circa 1660), to George Graham (who introduced the sweep seconds hand in the early 1700s), to Thomas Mudge (lever escapement, 1765) and John Harwood (self-winding wristwatch movement), to the late great George Daniels.

Today’s sale paid homage to “David Ramsay and the First Clockmakers Court”. The second sale, to take place on 7 July 2016, will explore the enduring legacy of John Harrison, the man who found Longitude.

Today's News

December 16, 2015

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's red ministerial box sells for £242,500

Indian painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde sells for record $4.4 mn at Christie's auction

Historic letter from Mao to Clement Attlee sells for £605,000 at Sotheby's London

A 1618 watch by David Ramsay soars to £989,000 at Sotheby's London auction

Two new International Council of Museums tools to fight illicit traffic in cultural goods

MoMA and SFMOMA announce retrospective of the work of Bruce Conner

Toledo Museum of Art acquires extremely rare Oceanic mask, one of the finest examples

Stedelijk Museum works on plans to reposition the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

Exhibition at Dickinson shows the disruptive dialogue that connects contemporary artists with the past

Van Gogh more relevant than ever: 1.9 million persons visit museum in Amsterdam

Major boost for contemporary art collecting, as the Art Fund announces winners of its New Collecting Awards

Moscow Museum of Modern Art exhibition presents art of new and old media in the age of high-speed internet

Exhibition of large-scale photographs by Michael Wolf on view at Flowers Gallery

Anacostia Community Museum exhibition highlights impact of 1963-1975 protest years on Washington, D.C.

The pavilion of Turkey announces the projects to be exhibited at the Architecture Biennale 2016

Poignant images of the onward march of urbanisation by Martin Roemers on view at Huis Marseille

Gasworks presents first UK solo exhibition by Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

The nature of William S. Rice: Arts and crafts painter and printmaker

Art + Practice and The Hammer Museum present "John Outterbridge: Rag Man"

Exhibition of photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard on view at DC Moore Gallery

Exhibition of new work by Anthony Pearson on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery

It will be a Cold Winter: Exhibition of photographs by Mikhail Savin opens in Moscow

H.D. Buttercup's Apartment: An exhibition of art & design, curated by Michael Fuchs

The Andy Warhol Foundation awards $88,000 grant to Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful