JOHN DREW walnut marquetry longcase clock
JOHN DREW walnut marquetry longcase clock
JOHN DREW walnut marquetry longcase clock
JOHN DREW walnut marquetry longcase clock

JOHN DREW walnut marquetry longcase clock

c. 1695 to 1700 London

Offered by Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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A fine William III period 8-Day longcase clock. The case is constructed primarily of oak and veneered with walnut and panels of bird and floral marquetry against an ebony ground. The cross-grain mouldings are in walnut and ebonised pine. Standing on bun feet the clock retains its original base and there is an ebonised lenticle to the trunk door. The hood with front-opening door is flanked by ebonised barley twist columns and there is a delicate walnut sound fret set below the moulded cornice.

The 11 inch square brass dial is mounted with winged cherub and foliate spandrels and a silvered chapter ring. The dial centre is finely matted with ringed winding holes and a ringed aperture to view the day of the month below XII. The dial plate has delicate foliate engraving between the spandrels and the maker’s signature is inscribed below VI on the plate. The exceptional quality steel hands are finely pierced and faceted and are almost certainly original.

The high quality 8-day duration movement has five ringed pillars and is fully latched. The wheel work appears largely original – a rarity on an early clock after over 300 years of use. The hours are sounded on a bell via an outside locking plate.

Height: 80 in (203 cm)

* John Drew was apprenticed to the famous maker Joseph Knibb in 1675 and freed in September 1684. The fine movement of this clock has a number of distinctive Knibb features; viz the large going great wheel, the pierced countwheel, concave turnings on the barrel arbors and the small domed bell.
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John Drew Londini fecit
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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