Antique mahogany longcase clock with barometer by Richard Peckover, London
Antique mahogany longcase clock with barometer by Richard Peckover, London

Antique mahogany longcase clock with barometer by Richard Peckover, London

c. 1750 England

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A quite exceptional mahogany George II period longcase clock by this highly esteemed maker. The highest quality case is very interesting as it shows a very early use of mahogany and is constructed in the manner of the walnut cases of the period. The finest mahogany veneers have been laid onto the well proportioned oak carcase and they have taken on a beautiful mellow colour after more than two hundred and fifty years. The case stands on an original plinth, the trunk and base panels are crossbanded and all the mouldings are crossgrain. The opening door of the hood is flanked by turned and fluted mahogany pillars with brass capitals and it retains its original pagoda top and carved mahogany sound frets.

At the top of the trunk there is a very rare feature of a barometer set into the door. The latter is supported by high quality lift off stop hinges to make it easier to remove when transporting the barometer. The matted dial centre of the barometer has a silvered brass surround and finely wrought steel hands made by the same smith as the clock's hands.

The 12 inch arched dial has an applied chapter ring with foliate corner spandrels and the centre is finely matted with an applied seconds ring and an aperture to view the day of the month. The maker's signature is engraved on the chapter ring bewteen V and VII

The five pillar movement has rack strike striking and the hours are sounded on a bell.

Richard Peckover is regarded as a highly important maker and he is thought to have taken over Quare and Horseman's business in Exchange Alley following Stephen Horseman's bankruptcy in 1733. Peckover's watch numbering ran on from those of Quare and Horseman and there are watches sold by Peckover known from number 6480 to 7377. There are many close similarities between our clock and three well known longcase clocks made by John Ellicott which also have a barometer set into the trunk door.
Excellent
See Nicholas Goodison 'English Barometers 1680-1860' (pub 1997) plates 86,87,88,89 and RW Symonds 'Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England', (pub. 1955), figures 316 and 318. The latter Ellicott longcase has a near identical hour hand and barometer hand. All the above Ellicotts also have the same high quality lift off stop hinges to their trunk doors as those on the Peckover. A later re-cased burr walnut longcase clock (c.1730), the movement by Thomas Tompion (c.1680), also has a barometer to the door. See in addition an article by H Alan Lloyd, Horology amd Meteorology (pub. Societe de Chronometrie). All the above barometers appear to be by the same maker.
Dimensions
Height 92.00 inch (233.68 cm)
Width 21.00 inch (53.34 cm)
Depth 11.00 inch (27.94 cm)
Medium
Mahogany
Signed/Inscribed
1750
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