a dutch mahogany and marquetry longcase clock


a dutch mahogany and marquetry longcase clock
The movement by Samuel Ruel, Rotterdam, 18th Century
The case on ball feet, inlaid overall with flower-sprays, birds, butterflies, a cornucopia and a flower-filled urn, the shaped plinth with canted angles, shaped gilt-metal lenticle with the Rape of Europa to the shaped trunk door, the arched hood and caddy top surmounted by pineapple finials, the arched dial with silvered chapter ring with roman chapters and arabic numerals, the matted centre with a silvered plaque signed Samual Ruel Rotterdam and with subsidiary seconds, date aperture, alarm ring and moonphase, the silvered engraved arch with an automaton with three vessels and a painted town view, pierced foliate spandrels, the eight-day four-pillar movement with rack strike on two bells, restorations, the marquetry probably late 19th/early 20th Century
273cm. high

Lot Essay

Samuel Ruel (1690-1782) active in Rotterdam.

For a comparable dial with an automaton with three vessels by Samuel Ruel please see J. Zeeman, De Nederlandse Staande Klok, Amsterdam, 1977, pp. 247-249.
In F.J. Britten, Old Clocks and Watches & their Makers, Woodbridge, 1977, p. 191, Samuel Ruel is refered to as a horologist of the first rank judging from a calendar watch of late 18th Century production.

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