Claudius Du Chesne C.1700


Ref No 641

A very fine walnut longcase clock by Claudius Du Chesne, London C.1700.



The hood has a stepped caddy top surmounted by 3 giltwood urn and flambé finials. There are 2 frets, turned wood columns with gilt brass caps and long side windows.

The long trunk door has a half round beaded edge and a chevron border, the similar base has a double plinth and the sides are laid into panels.

This clock displays the height of elegance of the period and is similar in design and quality to the best clocks of Tompion and Quare.

The 12” dial has a chevron border, female mask spandrels, date aperture, seconds dial and an alarm disc. The original hands are quite exquisite.

The 8-day movement has 5 finely turned pillars anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a bell via a rack. The alarm mechanism is wound by a separate rope.

This movement is of the highest quality by one of the best makers from the golden age of horology.

Claudius Du Chesne was from Paris and moved to London in 1690. He was a free brother of the clockmakers company in London in Sept 1693. A maker of fine clocks many of a complex nature. He was working in Longacre and Dean St Soho.

Height: 106 1/2-100″ (270-254cms) with / without the top finials.

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