A Very Rare Ebonised and Brass-Bound Architectural Grande Sonnerie Table Clock With Calendar and Equation of Time.
Case: Ebonised fruitwood and brass bound with raised inverted-bell top above a breakarch, surmounted by a large finial and flanked by four smaller conforming finials. The double frieze with pierced and engraved brass frets above the breakarch door with integral Doric columns. The sides with knopped carrying handles above conforming frets. The double moulded brass-bound skirt on brass block and bun feet.
Dial: 8 by 12 inch breakarch dial with four feet, the arch with fly-back date sector and three further subsidiary rings for pendulum regulation, Strike/Silent and equation to the centre above a silvered plaque signed Peter Garon, London. The silvered chapter-ring with Roman hours, fleur-de-lys half-hour marks and Arabic minutes, flanked by Indian-mask spanderls within a wheatear border. The matted centre with mock pendulum and with shaped blued-steel hands.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: 7.5 by 9.5 inch plates with seven ringed and finned baluster pillars and triple fusees, the outer strike fusees reversed. Spring-suspended engraved lenticular pendulum. Strike trains governed by rack-and-snail sounding the hours on a large bell and the quarters on six smaller graduated bells, trip repeating via a lever on the frontplate. Foliate and scroll engraved backplate with birds and centred by a figure of Chronos above a basket of flowers, all within a wheatear border.
Escapement: Pivoted verge.
Strike Type: Full Grande Sonnerie with trip repeat.
Comments: This distinctive case design bears many similarities to Quare's two musical spring clocks, no. 185 and 186. The movement likewise shares some distinctive features. While this cannot be absolutely attributed to Quare's workshops there are a number of known clocks supplied to him and retailed by Garon.