Antique bracket clock by Richard Street, London
Antique bracket clock by Richard Street, London
Antique bracket clock by Richard Street, London

RICHARD STREET (worked c.1687-c.1722)

Antique bracket clock by Richard Street, London

c. 1695 England

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A very fine William III period ebony case striking table clock, by Richard Street, a most able associate of Thomas Tompion. The ebony moulded and veneered case with bolection moulded back door, stands on four gilt bun feet and retains all the original pierced gilt cast fretwork to the sides, above the dial and front door. This cast fretwork is of the highest quality and displays wonderful flowing scrollwork incorporating masks and floral motifs.

The rectangular gilt dial has a finely matted centre, mock pendulum aperture and pierced, blued hands. The lower spandrels are of the most individual design, combining cherub heads for the flowing scrollwork. The upper subsidiary regulator and strike/silent dials are centred by the signature and enclosing engraved scrollwork.

The verge movement, which is hour striking, also has a pull quarter repeat. The exquisitely engraved backplate fills the entire interior of the case. This engraving incorporates delicate flowing scrollwork, trumpeting figures, and the maker's signature.
Richard Street was a London based clock and watch maker. He was made free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1687. He worked at Shoe Lane, at the 'Dial and Two Crown's' next to St Dunstan's Church, Fleet Street. He is associated with Tompion, for whom 'he is believed to have made watches'. He is remembered for making a longcase clock for Trinity College Cambridge Observatory, commissioned by Sir Isaac Newton in 1708. See Brian Loomes, Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 (2014), p.461.
Height 15.00 inch (38.10 cm)
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