An Important Walnut Eight-Day Striking Longcase Clock with Delanderâ€™s Own Duplex Escapement
Case: The case with burr walnut veneers on an oak carcass, the hood with bell caddy top and original distinctive brass finials above a shallow ogee broken-arch cornice and conforming bolection moulded door. The concave throat moulding above crossbanded breakarch trunk door inlaid with a herringbone band, the plinth similarly veneered and with an octagonal panel, the front corners canted throughout, the sides crossbanded and divided into panels by further herringbone bands.
Dial: 10 inch conforming shallow ogee breakarch gilt-brass dial with four dial feet, with mask and foliate scroll spandrels, silvered chapter with Roman hours, lozenge half-hour marks and Arabic minutes. Finely matted centre with seconds dial calibrated in six second intervals, and calender aperture, the arch engraved with leaf sprays around a silvered oval plaque signed Dan: Delander, London No. 17 with maintaining power lever between chapter II and III.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: The large movement, 5.5 by 7 inch plates with five baluster ringed pillars, bell striking with outside pivoted rack, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power and duplex escapement with small wheel between the plates and large wheel mounted outside the backplate, massive backcock the full width of the backplate with chamfered edges.
Escapement: Delander's own duplex.
Strike Type: Hour rack striking.
Provenance: RA Lee, 1950 (exhibited Grosvenor House Fair). Sold Sotheby's, New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, 13th October, 2004, lot 533. (428,000 USD).
Literature: P Dawson, 'Longcase Clocks of a Distinctive Design', Antiquarian Horology, March 1987, p. 479-81, fig. 2.
Exhibited: London, RA Lee, An Introductory Exhibition of Works of Art and Antiquities, June 1965.
Comments: This is the most petite of Delander's series of duplex longcase clocks, whose serial number rise to no. 18, but only 10 are known today. Their case style changed to that with canted corners at no. 11, and the proportions of the present clock are perhaps the most beautiful of the whole series.