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The ebony veneered basket top case has gilt brass mounts and a substantial brass carrying handle. The break arch brass dial is nicely laid out with crown and sceptre spandrels and a larger subsidiary calendar dial in the arch. The centre is finely matted with a false pendulum aperture.
The substantial eight day duration movement has a verge escapement and quarter repeating mechanism sounded on six bells, the hours are sounded on a separate bell. The back plate is beautifully engraved in a scroll design with a bold signature, Dan. Quare, London.
Daniel Quare was one of the most celebrated clockmakers of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His finest work was produced in the eighteenth century and examples of his work can be seen in major locations in museums throughout the world.
Daniel Quare is one of the great names from the finest period of English clockmaking and he was a justly worthy contemporary of Thomas Tompion, George Graham, Daniel Delander et al.
He was born in circa 1647 and became a Brother of the Clockmakers' Company in 1671. He went on to serve as Master in 1708. In later years he took on Stephen Horseman, his former apprentice, as a partner and he continued the business after Quare's death in 1724.
Daniel Quare's reputation rests largely on the fact that he was a great innovator. He and Tompion were the first to make some highly important walnut longcase clocks of year duration showing the equation of time and other complications. One of these is now in the Ilbert Collection in the British Museum. He was also successful in a judgement made by James II in 1688 for a Patent for a repeating watch, his rival being the Rev. Edward Barlow. Among his other inventions was a portable barometer and many superb examples exist in important collections today.
Quare was an arch rival to Thomas Tompion but as a practising Quaker he would not sign any oaths of allegiance. This prevented his appointment as Clockmaker to the King. Nevertheless he was a regular visitor at the Royal Palace and was 'free of the back stairs'. He had a highly successful business and counted many members of the Nobility and Foreign Ambassadors amongst his clientele.
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Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
Saturday by appointment