Thomas Johnson C.1690

RATCLIFFE CROSS LONDON

Ref No 560
 
A most exquisite walnut marquetry longcase clock by Thomas Johnson, Ratcliffe Cross, London C.1690.

Price: £P.O.A

The flat topped hood has a fret, side windows, barley twist columns and flower and foliage marquetry around the door. The long trunk door has applied ½ round edging, a glass lenticle, and is divided up with 3 marquetry panels. There is a square panel of marquetry on the base, which sits on bun feet.

Note: The attractive bird flower and foliage marquetry retains some of its original colour.

The excellent 8-day movement has 5 finely turned pillars, anchor escapement, good wheelwork and strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel. The 10 3/4″ dial has winged cherub head spandrels, fine hands, ringed winding holes, date aperture with engraved decoration and is signed on the chapter ring “Tho Johnson, London”.

Thomas Johnson was born in Stepney in 1649. He was apprenticed to Richard Drake in 1662 through the Blacksmiths company and worked at Ratcliffe Cross from 1680 – 1703. He took several apprentices from the Blacksmiths company including William Kipling in 1695, who later married his daughter Elizabeth. Thomas died around 1703.

Height: 79 1/2 in (202cms)

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