New York, Park Avenue
30 October 1996
A GEORGE I WALNUT MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK
joseph windmills, london, circa 1720
The break-arch gilt brass dial with Roman and Arabic silvered chapter ring with pierced blued steel hands, the matted center with subsidiary seconds ring and ringed winding holes and calendar aperture, the foliate spandrels within a wheatear engraved border, strike/silent lever below VI, the foliate engraved arch applied with a gilt foliate-cast cartouche engraved Joseph Windmills, London, the movement with latches to the six ringed pillars, rack strike on bell above, anchor escapement, previously with movement securing bracket to the backboard with existing T-bracket, the case hood with cavetto-moulded top with foliate pierced sound frets to the front and sides, suported on fluted pilasters with gilt brass Composite capitals, concave molding to the rectangular trunk door, the plinth on skirted foot
88¼in. (226cm.) high
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Tom Robinson, The Longcase Clock, Woodbridge, 1995, pp. 210-11, figs. 9/23 & 9/24
Joseph Windmills was one of the great clockmakers during the end of the 17th and first two decades of the 18th century.
He was made Free of the Clockmakers' Company in September 1671 and in his time took on ten apprentices including his son Thomas who was made free in 1696 and with whom he went into partnership in 1714. He was made Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1702 and continued his attendance until 1720. His work included many watches which, like his clocks, were consistently made to a very high standard.
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