Daniel Quare C.1695


Ref No 563

A fine walnut longcase clock by Daniel Quare, London C.1695.

The flat topped hood has a fret, side windows and front and rear brass capped columns. A long trunk door has ½ round beaded edging, a herringbone border and a glass lenticle. The crossbanded base sits on bun feet; all the sides are laid into panels.

The 8-day movement has 5 finely turned pillars, anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a bell via an outside countwheel. The 10 ¾ ” dial has winged cherub corner spandrels, silvered chapter and second’s rings, date aperture and a full signature below 6. It retains its original hands which must be among the finest he ever made.

Daniel Quare. (1648 – 1724) rose from obscure and apparently humble origins in Somerset to become one of the most illustrious clockmakers of England’s golden age of horology. On the 3/4/1671 he was admitted brother of the clockmakers company in 1680 he was working in exchange alley at the centre of London’s business community and probably worked there until the time of his death. He worked his way up in the clockmakers company to become master in 1708.

Although Quare never became clock or watchmaker to the crown he did enjoy Royal patronage and many of his clocks, watches, and barometers can be seen in “Royal Clocks” by Cedric Jagger including a year going equation of time longcase in Hampton Court Palace, a similar clock with possibly Royal association is in the British Museum. At Huygens legacy exhibition at Het Loo Palace, Holland in the autumn of 2004 a grand sonnerie repeating table clock and a double dial equation of time walnut longcase of Quares making were displayed.

Height: 79″ (201cms)

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