R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, pp. 302, fig. 2256
R.W. Symonds, Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, pp. 165, fig. 128
N. Goodison, English Barometers and their makers, 1680-1860, London, pp. 192-201, pl. 116
Daniel Quare (d. 1724) of Exchange Alley, London, was one of the most important makers of clocks, watches, barometers and scientific instruments of his time.
This barometer is an example from a similar group with part fluted and part spiral-form cases that were executed in either walnut or ivory or even on occasion as a combination of the two. Quare's numbering system is at best sporadic and perhaps some 20-30 numbered examples are known to exist. The lowest number recorded is No. 7 which was sold in Christies, New York, April 12, 1996, lot 76 for $120,000, and the highest so far recorded is No. 148. Other examples of this form include one formerly in the collection of the late Percival D. Griffiths now in a private collection and illustrated in R.W. Symonds op. cit.