Charles Goode, London
Charles Goode, London
Charles Goode, London

Charles Goode, London

c. 1725 England

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A fine George I period ebonised Dutch striking longcase clock by this excellent maker. The 12in arched dial has an applied silvered brass chapter ring with cherub spandrels . The dial centre is finely matted with an inset date aperture, subsidiary seconds dial and an engraved central cartouche bearing the signature Cha Goode, London. The blued-steel hands appear to be original and are finely wrought and pierced. Within the arch is a strike/silent dial which is flanked by two very unusual spandrels depicting a cherub seated on a bird. The disc of the strike/silent dial is decorated with engraved floral motifs.

The 8-day movement has its original anchor escapement and strikes the hours on one main bell and strikes the coming hour on the half hour on an additional bell. This is known as Dutch striking.

The case has an oak carcass veneered in ebonised fruitwood, a caddy top above fine fretwork to both front and sides of the hood. There are free standing brass mounted columns to the front and half pilasters to the sides, between which are two moulded and arched glazed windows to afford a view of the movement. The trunk door is set with two long fielded panels bound with delicate mouldings. The finely executed panelling and the use of ebonised pearwood hark back to the styles of the earliest longcases.

Height: 98 in (249 cm)

Charles Goode was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1686 and he had his own workshop in the Strand, London where he had a number of apprentices. He is said to have died in 1730. There are a number of similarities between his work and that of George Graham, Daniel Delander and Daniel Quare. With this clock there is the beautifully executed dial with its matted centre, fleur de lys half hour markers on the chapter ring, finely wrought hands and well cast urn spandrels. The beautiful maker's signature on a disc is also typical. The important tall case with its panelled pearwood veneers and hood sound frets, curvaceous caddy, large brass door hinges and chamfered oak mouldings up the inside length of the trunk door…all of these attest to the almost certain fact that Goode used the same cabinet makers as his more famous peers.

A further example of Goode’s work is the wonderful miniature marquetry longcase illustrated on plate 13 page 260 of "Early English Clocks" by Dawson, Drover and Parkes. In the same volume there is a fine three train quarter repeating ebony bracket clock shown in plates 580, 581 and 717. We ourselves had a miniature lantern clock and two small ebony veneered bracket clocks by Goode notable for their exquisite engraving, distinctive high grade movements, and the bolection mouldings on the front doors of the cases. See plates 40 on page 98 of "The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks by Eric Bruton.

Charles Goode is in our view one of a small number of great underrated makers like Edmund Appley, Claudius Duchesne, Richard Street and Christopher Gould. The exceptional quality of their actual clocks greatly exceeds their reputations, but with greater knowledge amongst collectors and other cognoscenti this is beginning to change.
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