An early Queen Anne period marquetry Longcase Clock by Daniel Quare
The 12” square dial with silvered chapter ring, pierced brass crown & cherub spandrels, fine matt centre, ringed winding holes, decorated calendar aperture, silvered seconds ring & calendar [the well pierced blued steel hour hand possibly later]. The 8-day striking movement with anchor escapement & outside count wheel [an early feature] & with original brass cased weights. The hood with concave moulding [post 1700], caddy top, two pierced sound 14ntho, full front columns & rear ¼ columns each with gilt bases & capitols, the hood with two carved giltwood finials in the form of urns. The case door with an olive green glass, bulls eye, pendulum aperture below two marquetry winged angels. The case hood, front, plinth & sub-plinth all with marquetry set to an ebony ground, with 5 vases issuing foliage [carnations, peonies & lilies etc] with 3 birds amidst arabesques – the case door to a geometric border. The case sides with two cross banded walnut panels.
London, circa 1705
Height: 254 cm
Exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, illustrated in the 1937 exhibition catalogue, page 29, fig C22. Daniel Quare, a quaker, [b.1648-d.1724] & contemporary of Thomas Thompion, was one of the most celebrated & popular English horologists, becoming Master of the Clockmaker’s Company in 1708. He was renowned as patentee of unusual works & movements, particularly in the field of repeating watches & was commissioned to supply a repeating watch for King William III. Bracket & Longcase Clocks by Daniel Quare are in the English Royal Collection. See, F.J. Britten – Old Clocks & Watches & their Makers, pages 327–334.