A Superbly Decorated Walnut and Faux-Boulle Six-Month Going Longcase Clock, For the Expert Market
Case: Monumental walnut on oak case with skirted plinth and walnut-veneered sides, realistically painted to the front in pink, gold and black on a cream ground with geometric strapwork and foliage, the trunk door painted in similar colours with geometric Arabesque foliage and strapwork designs inhabited with wonderful birds, storks, parakeets and butterflies, the base of the door painted with a house within an oval reserve, glazed brass framed lenticle, foliate carved giltwood volute tursses to the painted concave moulding beneath the hood with similarly painted gilt-wood capped three-quarter columns, the foliate pierced gilt-wood sound frets beneath the concave moulded caddy top with similar paintwork and surmounted by three ball-and-spire finials.
Dial: 13 inch square brass dial with unusual baluster-shaped feet, crown-and-putti spandrels, silvered Roman and Arabic chapter-ring with sword-hilt half-hour blued-steel hands, the finely matted entre with subsidiary seconds ring.
Duration: 6 month.
Movement: 6 by 8 inch heavy plates with six massive latched finned baluster pillars, typical of Quare's later form, the wheel train with delicate anchor escapement and twin weight drive from two barrels and two large brass-cased weights.
Provenance: Private collection Germany. Christie's, 2nd July 2004, lot 139 (30,728 GBP).
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age Of English Horology, 2015, p.318-321.
Comments: This clock was an export commission and, although highly unusual, the case form complies with London manufacture of this period and elements of the painted decoration conform with contemporary marquetry designs. The dial and movement bear the hallmarks of Quare's manufactue but two of the dial feet have a Continental influence and may be replacements, why an important commission of this nature was ordered unsigned is a mystery.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.