RICHARD GREENHILL, ASHFORD, CIRCA 1680
A CHARLES II STRIKING LONGCASE CLOCK
CASE: the rising hood with scroll cresting carved with foliate swag flanking a scallop shell, five giltwood ball finials, the glazed front and sides framed by half-round spiral columns, gilt-brass capitals and bases to the front, the frieze above with three cherub-head spandrels, iron spring-catch to backboard and spoon-catch inside door, the trunk door with oval glazed pendulum aperture, the trunk and plinth with lozenge and quatrefoil pattern veneers bordered by padouk
DIAL: the 10 inch square dial profusely engraved with flowerheads and foliage, twin-screwed winged cherub-head spandrels to the angles, the silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic five minutes with fleur-de-lis half-hour markers, date aperture and subsidiary seconds ring, drapery cartouche signed 'Richardus Greenhill / Ashfordiae fecit', and engraved to the lower edge 'Time Spends', blued steel hands, the winding holes with bolt-and-shutter mechanism; latched dial feet
MOVEMENT: the substantial twin train movement with recoil anchor escapement, the plates joined by six ringed pillars, the strike train with countwheel mounted to the backplate striking a large bell mounted vertically above the plates, the iron pendulum with wing-nut and brass-cased bob, two brass pulleys and two brass cased weights, with iron seatboard
Walnut, padouk, brass
82 1⁄4 in. (208.9 cm.) high; 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide; 9 1⁄2 in. (24.1 cm.) deep
Unknown, Eastbourne, 1898 (from page of auction catalogue pinned inside door '58 Seaside, Eastbourne, Thursday 23rd June 1898, Lot 57 'The grandfather clock with brass face by Richard Greenhill in walnut case'.
Sir John Prestige, Bourne Park, Kent;
'Important English and Continental Bracket and Longcase Clocks, the Property of the late Sir John Prestige'; sold Sotheby's, London, 28 October 1963, lot 136, to R.A. Lee (£750), from whom acquired.
C. Hussey, 'Bourne Park, Kent - I', Country Life, 1 October 1964, p. 841 (illustrated).
P.G. Dawson, C.B. Drover, D.W. Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, p. 211, pls. 283-6 and 347-8.
M. Pearson, Kent Clocks & Clockmakers, Ashbourne, 1997, pp. 67-84, figs. 6⁄14-19.
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