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    Sale 2796

    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks

    19 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 493

    A Queen Anne ebony and brass-mounted table timepiece with pull quarter repeat


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    A Queen Anne ebony and brass-mounted table timepiece with pull quarter repeat
    Daniel Quare, London. Circa 1710
    The case with engraved brass later (?) handle to cushion-moulded top applied with gilt-metal foliate and eagle mounts, with pierced frets above glazed side panels and to the front door top rail, with grotesque mask escutcheons to the front door, on stepped and moulded plinth and raised on brass bun feet, the rectangular 16.5 x 20 (6½ x 8 in.) dial with foliate scroll engraving to the top around an oval reserve signed Dan Quare/LONDON, with winged cherub mask spandrels to silvered chapter ring with elaborate sword-hilt half hour markers and cross half quarter hour markers, the matted centre with date and mock pendulum apertures, blued steel hands (later minute), the eight day movement secured with steel brackets to the four corners of the back plate, the fully latched movement with five substantial pillars, verge escapement, single chain fusee, with pull quarter repeat on two bells, the cord running through a bracketed pulley to the side of the case, the back plate also engraved with foliate scrolls around an oval reserve with laurel border, signed Dan. Quare/LONDON, with pierced and engraved apron; winding key, case key
    38.5 cm. high, handle down

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    H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks, Their Origin and Development 1320-1880, Vol.II, Gent, 2004, pp.634-635
    Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, p.479, pl.710
    A timepiece table clock with rectangular dial of related design by Daniel Quare was sold Christie's London, Important Clocks, Barometers and Marine Chronometers, 11 December 2002, lot 75.

    Daniel Quare (c.1649-1724) rose from obscure and apparently humble origins to become one of the most illustrious clockmakers of England's golden age of horology. The earliest record of him is his appearance in the minutes of a Clockmakers' Company Quarter Court on 3 April 1671, when he was admitted as a Brother of the Company upon payment of £3.
    In the 1670s it is possible that Quare worked for other clockmakers and early work by him is rare. By the 1680s, however, he was achieving greater prominence. He moved to Exchange Alley in 1683-86, putting him at the centre of London's business quarter.
    In 1698, Quare was selected as a member of the Court of Assistants of the Clockmakers' Company. In 1705 he was made junior Warden and he subsequently rose through the ranks of Renter and senior Warden to become Master in 1708.
    Although he was never clock or watchmaker to the Crown, Quare nonetheless enjoyed Royal patronage. A year-duration burr walnut longcase clock made for William III, can still be seen at Hampton Court, where are also two Quare barometers. George I offered Quare the post of King's Watchmaker for £300 year but his inability to swear the necessary Oath of Allegiance (he was a Quaker) precluded his acceptance. Even so the King told Quare that he could visit any time and the Yeoman of the Guard at the Back Stairs let him 'frequently go up without calling any body for leave as otherwise is usual, tho Persons of Quality'.
    Perhaps the clearest evidence of Quare's success, is given by the lists of those attending his children's weddings. Amongst the guests at his daughter Ann's nuptials in 1705 were the Envoys of Venice, Hanover, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Prussia and Florence. The weddings of a further son and daughter in 1712 added the Earl of Orrery, the Duke of Argyll and other dignitaries to the guest list. In 1715 the Prince and Princess of Wales were due to attend Elisabeth Quare's wedding but could not do so because of an Act of Parliament forbidding the Royal family from attending houses of religious dissent. Nonetheless, the Princess attended the wedding dinner along with 300 other guests.
    See also lot 494.

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