c. 1690 London

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A small William and Mary 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 dark background. The barley twist hood columns and the cross grain case mouldings are in well patinated walnut and contrast beautifully with the marquetry inlays in the trunk door and base panel. The hood has glazed side windows and a carved walnut sound fret above XII.

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 Joseph Windmills London is engraved on the chapter ring above VI. The dial centre is finely matted with ringed winding holes and the date aperture is chamfered. The dial centre is finely engraved with a Tudor Rose, and there is foliate engraving between the spandrels to each side. There is also a subsidiary seconds dial below XII.

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

Height: 78 in (200 cm)

*Joseph Windmills is recorded as ‘a great clockmaker’ who was free of the Clockmakers Company in July 1671. He worked initially in St Martin le Grand before moving to Mark Lane End Tower Street in 1687. In 1699 he was appointed Warden of the Clockmakers Company and sat on committees alongside his peer Thomas Tompion. In 1702 he succeeded Tompion as Master of the Clockmakers Company. Today he is recognised as one of the important makers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Joseph Windmills London
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
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