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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    A GEORGE I WALNUT AND FEATHER-BANDED STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK

    DANIEL QUARE AND STEPHEN HORSEMAN, LONDON, NO.199. CIRCA 1720

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    A GEORGE I WALNUT AND FEATHER-BANDED STRIKING EIGHT DAY LONGCASE CLOCK
    DANIEL QUARE AND STEPHEN HORSEMAN, LONDON, NO.199. CIRCA 1720
    CASE: the hood with caddy top surmounted by three brass finials, above blind fret frieze, with inset brass-capped columns and glazed side panels, panelled sides to the trunk, the trunk door and plinth with feather banding and raised on a restored double skirting, with movement bracket to the upper backboard; restorations to top of hood; two case keys
    DIAL: the 12 in. wide brass dial with mask and foliate spandrels to silvered chapter ring with diamond half hour markers, matted centre with subsidiary seconds ring and signed on a plain reserve 'Dan Quare/Ste. Horseman/London N199', pierced blued steel hands (later minute), with dolphin spandrels to the arch flanking a date ring
    MOVEMENT: with five ringed pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike on bell; pendulum, two lead weights, crank key
    110 in. (279 cm.) high, 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide, 10 in. (25 cm.) deep


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    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    T. Robinson, The Longcase Clock, Woodbridge, 1981.
    The grand case design of the present clock seems more usually to have been reserved for Quare's month clocks. A closely related example (Quare No. 40) was sold, Christie's, London, 13 December 2000, lot 102; another (Quare No. 145) is illustrated in Robinson, (p.214, fig.). Both of these clocks have arched dials with calendar rings; a similarly cased month going Quare with square dial was sold, Christie's, London, 11 December 2002, lot 74.
    Daniel Quare (c.1649-1724) was one of the most illustrious clockmakers of England's golden age of horology. He was first admitted as a Brother of the Company 3 April 1671 and became its Master in 1708.
    George I offered Quare the post of King's Watchmaker; however, being a Quaker he was unable to swear the necessary Oath of Allegiance. Even so, the King allowed him free access to the Palace at any time. In 1718 Quare took his former apprentice, Stephen Horseman, into partnership and towards the end of his life he retired to Croydon.
    Horseman continued Quare's numbering system and continued to sign his work 'Quare and Horseman' even after the former's death in 1724. He proved not to be as good a businessman, however, and was declared bankrupt in 1730.

    See also lot 81

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    Provenance

    Marjorie Wiggin Prescott Collection.
    Sold, Christie's, New York, 31 January 1981, lot 179.
    Malletts, 1981.
    Private collection, U.S.A.
    Malletts, 1993.
    Private collection, U.S.A.


    Saleroom Notice

    The correct measurements of this longcase clock are as follows:
    110 in. (279 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 10 in. (25 cm.) deep