Very Rare Robert Quare Hooded Clock Ca 1670 Apprenticed Nephew of Daniel Quare For Sale
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Very Rare Robert Quare Hooded Clock Ca 1670 Apprenticed Nephew of Daniel Quare:
- A very rare clock for the discerning collector or museum. This is a Robert Quare, nephew of Daniel Quare who apprenticed with his uncle for less than 10 years approximately 1670-1678. I would assume that Daniel had control over any clocks in his shop that his apprentices were working on. There are only minute examples of Roberts work that have survived. This clock is extremely important due to not only the maker but the functions that this clock performs, much of which would not be commonplace until 50-60 years later. The functions are, Striking on the quarter by ringing 1 bell at quarter after and quarter of, repeating the previous hour on the half hour, then the actual hour. It has very nice grotesque moon and sun dials which shows up as brass but there are traces of silvering. It also has a date window, and lastly an alarm. All of these functions are highly advanced for a clock of this period. The movement is a bird cage type, there is a horse profile that rides up and down with each strike of the count wheel, which is approximately 4 inches in diameter. It is rope driven on a single countered weight. The alarm is also a countered weight. The escapement is a very large anchor form. The original pendulum and pontiled glass for viewing the motion are noted in the photos. The hands are original including the alarm hand. All functions work, the clock runs beautifully. The face is stunning, consisting of a finely engraved silvered dial that has florals at each corner, boldly engraved name, and London above the 5-6-7 area. The case is constructed of English oak with some rosewood veneer at the palladian top. One piece of veneer is missing, should be an easy fix. The flanking columns are oak and have very elegant Corinthian capitols and bases in brass. The measurements of this clock are, 62 inches tall, 17 inches wide, and 10 inches deep. The clock was examined by a very knowledgeable clockmaker who feels that the reason that this clock is not a floor clock is that when it was made, England was at war with France, a great sum of money was required, and the Crown was able to enter your home and excise a tax based not only on your home, but also on your posessions, floor clocks were taxed in the highest bracket, wall clock were vastly lower. The heavy brass finials and the decorative brass front plates all seem original. There are 4 side viewing windows. If I have omitted anything from this description, please ask for clarification. You are welcomed to either see this clock, or have your representative examine it. I have a large quantity of English and French clocks that I will be listing as I have the time. I am also open to having the collection sold to a serious buyer. This clock should be either picked up or you can have your preferred shipper pick up and pack it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Good luck, you will not be disappointed with this rare addition to your collection. Thank you for taking the time to look at this piece of clockmaking history.