JOHN WITHERSTON. A RARE QUEEN ANNE PERIOD PROVINCIAL SQUARE DIAL WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK.
A rare Queen Anne period provincial square dial walnut longcase clock with 8-day movement striking the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel .
The 12 inch brass dial has a raised brass chapter ring with Roman hour numerals, subsidiary seconds dial below XII, finely cast Indian head and leaf corner spandrels and engraved decoration around the inset datework with the maker’s signature on the chapter ring.
The well proportioned case has highly patinated book matched walnut veneers and a square hood with an unusual fluted walnut sound fret and original turned walnut columns with patinated brass capitals and bases.
Height: 85 ¾ in (218 cm)
Width: 17 ¼ in (43.5 cm)
Depth: 9 ¼ in (23.5 cm)
* John Witherston on page 852 of Brian Loomes’s ‘ Clockmakers of the World: 21st Century Edition’ as working in Hereford from circa 1690 until the early part of the 18th century.
Very few provincial walnut clocks from this early period have survived.
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