c. 1690 to 1695 LONDINI FECIT

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A fine William and Mary period panelled marquetry and walnut longcase with 8-day
movement, outside countwheel hour strike and bolt and shutter maintaining power.

The 11 inch brass dial has inset datework, subsidiary seconds, cherub’s head and foliate corner spandrels and a finely matted centre with a central rosette. The maker’s signature Christopher Gould Londini fecit is engraved on the dial plate below VI. The well faceted steel hands appear to be original.

The elegant walnut case has beautiful bird and flower marquetry panels set on an ebony ground and a brass lenticle to the trunk door to view the swinging pendulum. The hood has an opening door with barley twist columns front and back and gilt wood capitals and bases. It also retains its original walnut cresting of floral swags surmounted by a gilded winged angel, a rare survival. A very similar floral marquetry longcase with its cresting by Christopher Gould is illustrated in The Wetherfield Collection.

Date: circa 1690-1695

Height: 85 in (216 cm)

* Christopher Gould was a justly famous and prolific maker who was made a free brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1682. His work, which included grande sonnerie longcases, hooded wall clocks and miniature walnut grandmother clocks, was invariably amongst the very best of the period. He died in 1718 in relative poverty, a surprising fact given that he was such a fine clockmaker but perhaps he was a less successful businessman.

F.J. Britten, The Wetherfield Collection, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1980, p.33 fig.37
Christopher Gould Londini fecit
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