An important Queen Anne month duration longcase clock by one of the most eminent English clockmakers. The clock is in a remarkably original state of preservation. The magnificent case is veneered in the finest well figured burr walnut which has achieved an excellent colour and patination. Even the columns flanking the hood are veneered – a significant factor which emphasizes the quality of the case. There is fretwork to the front and sides and the caddy top is surmounted with three gilt ball finials. We draw attention to the quality of the brass fittings, the moulded capitals, the bronze hinges with floral decoration and the original lock.
The dial is 12 inches square and mounted with a silvered chapter ring, seconds ring and unusual spandrels of two cherubs supporting a crowned head. The centre is finely matted with a subsidiary seconds and an aperture to view the day of the month. The blued steel pointers are original.
The movement is of Quare’s finest quality having month duration and hour strike. As with Tompion and Quare’s finest clocks, the trains are reversed with the striking train on the right-hand side.
Height incl. Centre finial: 143 cms (8ft)
Daniel Quare was a worthy contemporary of Thomas Tompion. Born in 1647 he was admitted as a Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1671 and served as Master in 1708. He was one of the most celebrated clockmakers of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Examples of his work can be seen in major collections and museums around the world.