1 July 2005
A rare William and Mary walnut and seaweed marquetry month-going longcase clock with alarm
Daniel Quare, London. Circa 1690
The case with double-foot supporting a plinth inlaid with a double D-ended panel of seaweed marquetry within a wheatear inlaid border with heart-shaped spandrels, the rectangular trunk door inlaid with similar marquetry in D-ended panels, each side of the trunk veneerd with two panels of walnut bordered within boxwood lines, the throat moulding inlaid with seaweed marquetry and also to the formerly rising hood door flanked by walnut columns with gilt-metal capitals, later frieze fret to the moulded flat top, the 11 in. square dial signed Daniel Quare London on the silvered chapter ring with delicate and elaborately pierced blued steel hands, the matted centre with ringed winding holes and calendar aperture, the centre recessed for a calibrated silvered alarm disc, foliate winged cherub spandrels with foliate engraving between and all within a scored line border, the movement with six ringed and latched pillars, anchor escapement, the strike on a (later) bell above the plates via a large countwheel positioned high on the backplate, the alarm with subsidiary spring barrel on the inside of the front plate with winding pulley on the backplate by two vacant threaded holes for an L-bracket (missing) to secure to a T-bar on the backboard (now vestigal); with a pair of early brass-cased lead month-going weights
6 ft. 9 in. (206 cm.) high (2)
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The case of the present clock is a particularly handsome and well proportioned example, notable for the warmth and depth of the walnut veneer and for its delicate marquetry.
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