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    Sale 2796

    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks

    19 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 480

    A Dutch walnut and ebony striking 'Haagse' clock


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    A Dutch walnut and ebony striking 'Haagse' clock
    Simon Lachez, Utrecht. Circa 1690
    The door with moulded breakarch cresting centred by a later gilt-brass vase finial, with tapering pilasters above a moulded plinth and resting on two bun feet, opening on concealed hinges via integral side-positioned catch operated with the winding key, the case with glazed side panels within moulded frames and supported by two further feet, the inside rear panel inlaid with a parquetry star, the upper rear with brass hanging loops, the dial opening on pins and with velvet-covered brass plate, with winged cherub mask spandrels above the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half hour markers and diamond half quarter hour markers, pierced and engraved hands, plain brass collets to the winding square, applied with a cartouche plaque below signed Simon Lachez/Utrecht, the eight day movement with rectangular plates joined by four front-pinned ringed pillars, twin gut fusees, three spoke wheelwork, verge escapement with knife edge suspension for integral pendulum, ringed countwheel, striking the hours on a bell above the case, the back plate signed Simon Lachez/Utreght Fecit
    41.25 cm. high

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    H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks, Their Origin and Development 1320-1880, Vol.I, Gent, 2004, pp.338-341
    Dr R Plomp, Spring-driven Dutch Pendulum Clocks 1657-1710, Schiedam, 1979, pp.139-140, fig.55
    Van den Ende, van Kersen, van Kersen-Halbertsma, Taylor & Taylor, Huygens' Legacy, The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock, Frome, 2004, pp.190-193 and pp.276-277
    Simon Lachez (1648-1723) was the son of a French soldier, Simon de la Sus. He grew up in an almshouse and was apprenticed in 1661 to the Utrecht clockmaker Egbert Jan van Leeuwaerden. He became a citizen of the city in 1674, also becoming a Master clockmaker and a Member of the Blacksmiths' Company (of which he was deacon 1702-1704). He retired in 1716, passing on his business to his son Isaac.
    A clock by Simon Lachez was sold Sotheby's Amsterdam, Clocks, Watches and Wristwatches, 7 December 2004, lot 204.
    Most known clocks by Simon Lachez demonstrate a strong English influence. Picking up the present clock one is immediately struck by its weight, which is noticeably greater than most 'Hague' clocks as a consequence of its twin fusees movement. Other recorded clocks by Lachez also have this feature, unusual on Dutch clocks of the period, athough one (see Plomp p.139 and Vehmeyer pp.338-339) has the more customary spring barrels arrangement. That clock is apparently earlier, dating from the first years of Lachez's Utrecht citizenship, suggesting that he changed his thinking as he developed as a clockmaker.

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    Illustrated, Dr R Plomp, Spring-driven Dutch Pendulum Clocks 1657-1710, Schiedam, 1979, p.141, fig.56