An Important Miniature Ebony And Gilt-Brass Mounted Striking Spring Clock With Tompions Pull Quarter Repeat
Case: Ebony veneered dome top case with gilt-brass baluster handle, the front door with laid on gilt-brass breakarch moulding flanked by gilt mask frets, the glazed sides with conforming arched gilt-brass mouldings, sitting on moulded gilt-brass block feet.
Dial: 5 by 5 inch gilt-brass breakarch dial with silvered chapter-ring and blued-steel hands, signed Dan Quare London in a scalloped rectangular reserve in the matted centre with mock pendulum, Indian-mask (right way up) and foliate spandrels, subsidiary rings for pendulum regulation and strike/silent with large central date ring in the arch. The dialplate numbered 62 below the chapter-ring.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: Movement with seven baluster pillars, centre latched, the rest pinned, with twin fusees and spring barrels, internal rack strike on large bell. Pull-quarter repeat on Tompion's system via double-cocked interconnecting blued-steel levers. Elaborate foliate engraved backplate (G.515) signed Dan Quare London in an oval reserve, with winged cherub, a basket of flowers, within scrolling foliage inhabited by entwined serpents, birds and squirrels.
Escapement: Pivoted verge.
Strike Type: Hour striking with pull-quarter repeat.
Provenance: Italian collection, 1883 &1897, from evidence of scratch marks on movement. Christies, London, 25th June, 1970, lot 21. RA Lee. Private collection USA. Christies, 26th November, 1996, lot 245.
Comments: This clock is one of a small number whose movements were supplied to Quare with Tompion's repeating system.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.