Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, London. No. 812

Clock specialist Tobias Birch will be taking a different approach to his stand at the BADA Fair this year, with a curated selling exhibition of over 20 clocks and watches made by the famous 18th century partnership of Thomas Mudge and William Dutton.

Mudge and Dutton met as apprentices to George Graham and formed a partnership in 1765, sharing an ethos of quality, not quantity, which saw them produce many of the finest clocks of the late 18th century. 

The collection has taken two years to assemble and will include longcase clocks, scientific regulators, table clocks, wall clocks and watches. Among the many fine examples of their work are two exceptionally rare pocket watches.

 

Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, London. No. 812 (pictured above), arguably the pair’s finest surviving quarter repeating watch, circa 1768

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Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, London. No. 1186

 

The other notable watch is Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, London. No. 1186, a rare dumb quarter-repeating watch, circa 1779, picture right

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Tobias Birch will offer daily talks at midday throughout BADA 2019, offering insights in to the partnership that defined the standard for Georgian clockmaking.

BADA 2019 is open March 20-26 at Duke of York Square, King’s Road, Chelsea, for further information on the fair click here