22 January 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 18,750
A QUEEN ANNE BRASS-MOUNTED EBONISED STRIKING EIGHT DAY TABLE CLOCK WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT
CLAUDIUS DU CHESNE, LONDON. CIRCA 1705
The case with S-scroll handle above silk-backed basket top decorated with porticos flanked by balustraded galleries surmounted by horn-blowing putti, probably later knopped ball finials, with moulded frames to rectangular glazed side panels, the front door rails applied with repoussé gilt-metal mounts, above moulded plinth base raised on later flattened brass bun feet, the 7 in. square brass dial with repositioned original winged cherub mask spandrels and (later?) engraved border to silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half hour markers, matted centre with engraving around the date square and ringed winding holes, strike/not strike lever above XII, blued steel hands, the movement secured in the case with turn catches, with five ringed pillars, twin line fusees with reconverted verge escapement, internal rack hour strike on bell and pull quarter repeat on a nest of three bells, the back plate with engraved border and with thistle and foliate scroll engraving around a cartouche signed 'Claudius Duchesne/Londini fecit', with steel click springs to set up ratchets
See movement detail page 229 in the printed catalogue
15 in. (38 cm.) high, handle down; 10 1/3 in. (26.6 cm.) wide; 6¼ in. (15.5 cm.) deep
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An immigrant from Paris, Claude Du Chesne became a free brother in the Clockmakers' Company in 1693 and is believed to have worked until circa 1630. He is recorded in St Anne's, Westminster, in 1720. See also following lot.
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