c. 1685 to 1688 London

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A small James II period marquetry longcase clock of fine proportions in an excellent state of preservation, the 8-day brass dial movement with hour strike.

The fine walnut and marquetry veneered case has light and dark coloured stylised birds, entwined with scrolling flowers and foliage set against a light walnut background. The barley twist hood columns and the case mouldings are in ebonised pearwood and contrast beautifully with the marquetry inlays in the trunk door and base panel. The hood has glazed side windows and marquetry inlaid walnut sound fret below the cornice moulding.

The 10 inch brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and cherub’s head foliate spandrels to the corners. The maker’s signature Edw Stanton London is engraved on the chapter ring below V and VII. The dial centre is finely matted and there is an inset date aperture above VI. There is also a subsidiary seconds dial below XII.

The substantial 8-day duration, five-pillar movement strikes the hours on a single bell and has an outside countwheel strike.

Height: 77 in (195.5 cm)

* Edward Stanton was one of the finest early makers and his work was closely associated with that of John Ebsworth, Robert Seigniour, Henry Jones and Joseph Knibb. He was born in about 1641 and was apprenticed to Francis Bowen in 1655. He was made free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1662-63 after which he opened his own workshop in Leadenhall Street. Among his well-known apprentices were William Cattell, Stephen Wilmott, William Newton and Samuel Stevens.

Edward Stanton was also an engraver and in January 1673 he was accused of illicitly engraving Robert Seignior’s name on a clock made by Henry Jones. Latterly he had various roles in the Clockmakers’ Company culminating in his appointment as Master of the Company in 1697.

Edw Stanton London
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