A GEORGE II WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK BY CLAUDE DUCHESNE

A GEORGE II WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK BY CLAUDE DUCHESNE

c. 1735 English

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An early George II figured walnut long case clock of elegant proportions, inlaid and cross-banded throughout. The slim case standing on a moulded plinth, the arched hood with a panel of fretwork flanked by tapering columns. The movement with an arched dial with phases of the moon, strike silent, and a silvered chapter ring with chased brass spandrels, second hand dial, and date aperture; the central plaque is engraved Claude Duchesne, London.

English, circa 1730

Width: 18” 46 cm
Depth: 9 ¾ “ 25 cm
Height: 89” 226 cm


Claude Duchesne almost certainly came to London from Paris in around 1690 after the Revocation of the edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685, and was almost certainly part of the wave of Huguenot emigrants.

He was free of the clockmakers’ company from 1693to 1730 and was known as a well-respected maker who made a number of complicated astronomical and musical clocks. In particular he is renowned for making a pair of 12 ft. tall long case clocks showing the days of the month, the months, and the cycles of the moon, as well as playing different tunes before striking the hour. These now stand in the Green Vaulted Chambers of the Treasury at Dresden.

Claude DuChesne lived in Long Acre, in the Parish of St Anne’s in Soho, it is thought he lived until the mid 1730’s
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