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The case is veneered with highly figured walnut of excellent colour and patination. The pull-forward arched top hood is flanked by turned pillars with brass capitals.
The 12 inch arched dial has an applied chapter ring with cherubs holding a crown corner spandrels. The centre is finely matted with an applied seconds ring and an aperture to view the day of the month. The blued steel hands are finely pierced and the maker’s signature – Claudius Duchesne, London - is engraved on a raised silvered disc. Within the arch there is a revolving moon and an engraved Lunar calendar.
The five finned pillar 8-day movement has rack strike with the hours sounded on a bell. As one would expect from a maker of Duchesne’s stature, the movement is of the highest quality with fine wheelwork and thick plates.
Height: 88 ½ in (225 cm)
*Claudius Du Chesne moved from Paris to London circa 1690. He is recorded in Loomes’s ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World: Complete 21st Century Edition’ as being in the Clockmakers Company from 1693 to 1730. Loomes suggests Du Chesne worked from Dean St, Soho, London and was a maker of a number of exceptional bracket and longcases.
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