A fine and sophisticated George I period quarter-repeating spring table clock by one of the most celebrated partnerships of the early eighteenth century.
The elegant ebony veneered case which stands on moulded block feet has matching escutcheons to the door rails and rises to an inverted bell top terminating in a knopped brass carrying handle.
The exceptionally high quality movement is of eight day duration with verge escapement and rise/fall regulation to the spring suspended pendulum. The pull quarter repeat mechanism operated from the side of the case strikes the hours on a large bell and the quarters on a smaller bell. The backplate is elaborately engraved with foliage, Ho Ho birds, fruit, angels and serpent heads around the bold signatures Dan: Quare & Ste: Horseman LONDON.
The rectangular brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and subsidiary dials for strike/silent and rise/fall regulation flanking the signatures Daniel Quare and Stephen Horseman, London N° 226. The finely matted centre includes a false pendulum aperture and an aperture to view the day of the month. The steel hands are finely pierced.
Height: 15 in (38 cm)
* Daniel Quare, one of the most eminent English clockmakers and worthy contemporary of Thomas Tompion, took Stephen Horseman into partnership around 1709. They continued making clocks and watches for Royalty, the aristocracy and the wealthy until Quare’s death in 1724.
The fine quality and proportions of this ebony veneered case has many similarities to the later table clocks with two subsidiary dials by Thomas Tompion.
Signed / Inscribed
Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman London N° 226