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The 8 day spring driven striking clock retains its original verge escapement and dummy pendulum. There is a subsidiary rise/fall dial in the arch and it is signed by the maker ‘John Drury, London’ at the base of the dial.
*This rare piece of furniture was almost certainly made in London between 1730 and 1735, at a time when John Drury, the clockmaker, was also active in the city. From a stylistic standpoint it is highly probable that it was also originally made for the French or Italian market. This is borne out by the Italian piano/presto = slow/fast for the rise and fall subsidiary dial in the arch. We also know the piece only returned to England very recently and in a secret drawer we discovered a 19th century letter, written in French, describing various family disputes regarding money and wills.
This is the first English-made walnut bureau bookcase that we have seen with an original clock set into the top, enclosed in its original oak shaped case.
|Height||259.00 cm||(101.97 inches)|
|Width||100.50 cm||(39.57 inches)|
|Depth||52.00 cm||(20.47 inches)|