Marquetry English long case clock
This slim and elegant clock has a flat top with fretwork to the sides and front immediately below the top and there is also fretwork to the sides of the hood which has walnut spiral twist columns with gilt-wood capitals. Arabesque marquetry is used to decorate the front of the hood door and also the convex mould between the hood and the trunk.
The trunk door has three panels of Arabesque marquetry and a lenticle in the centre with turned wooden surrounds. The border of the door is decorated with stringing and walnut crossbanding and outside this is a delicate half round mould and then cross-grain veneers.
The base is decorated in a similar manner to the trunk and rests on a single plinth, the sides of the case are panelled.
The good five pillar movement has internal count-wheel strike and a 11″ square dial with cherub and flower spandrels, ringed winding holes, a second ring below the 12 and a date aperture above the 6 surrounds by an attractively chased cartouche. The dial centre is well matted and the raised engraved and silvered chapter ring has Roman hour numerals. half hour marks and quartering on its edge.
The movement is weight driven by brass covered weights and runs for 8 days. Strikes the bell at the full hour.
Signed Joseph Bates, Whits Alley in Holborn (London) ca.1700.
Joseph Bates apprenticed to William Standish until 1685
This clock is illustrated in British Longcase clocks by Derek Roberts Fig. 88
Height 213 cm.