Rare George II period antique bureau bookcase with inset clock by  clockmaker John Drury, London
Rare George II period antique bureau bookcase with inset clock by  clockmaker John Drury, London
Rare George II period antique bureau bookcase with inset clock by  clockmaker John Drury, London

Rare George II period antique bureau bookcase with inset clock by clockmaker John Drury, London

c. 1730 to c. 1735 England

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A fine George II period walnut bureau bookcase with original inset clock by John Drury, London. The base section has two short and two long drawers, second generation period plate handles and a fitted interior of drawers, pigeon holes and secret drawers. The ogee topped bookcase has bevelled mirror plates, original candle slides and the top is crowned by two gilt winged angels reclining, with three gilt finials set on blocks.

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 From a stylistic standpoint it is highly probable that it was also originally made for the French or Italian market.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.
Dimensions
Height 259.00 cm (101.97 inches)
Width 100.50 cm (39.57 inches)
Depth 52.00 cm (20.47 inches)
Signed/Inscribed
circa 1730-35
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